BILL NUMBER: SB 633	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 14, 2015

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Hill
    (   Coauthor:   Senator   De León
  ) 

                        FEBRUARY 27, 2015

   An act  relating to consumer protection.   to
amend Section 17533.7 of the Business and Professions Code 
 , relating to false advertising. 


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 633, as amended, Hill. Consumer protection: "Made in U.S.A."
label.
   Existing law prohibits the sale or offering of sale in the state
of any merchandise on which merchandise or on its container appears
the words, "Made in U.S.A.," "Made in America," "U.S.A.," or similar
words when the merchandise or any article, unit, or part thereof, has
been entirely or substantially made, manufactured, or produced
outside of the United States. 
   This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact
legislation that would update the "Made in U.S.A." labeling standard
to allow California based companies that manufacture their products
within the state while employing state residents to utilize this
label even if their products contain insignificant components not
available in the United States.  
   This bill, instead, would make it unlawful for any person, firm,
corporation, or association to sell, or offer for sale, merchandise
that advertises itself as being made or manufactured in the United
States unless the merchandise has been all or virtually all made in
the United States, and provides that "all or virtually all" has the
same meaning as in a specified policy statement of the Federal Trade
Commission. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   SECTION 1.    Section 17533.7 of the  
Business and Professions Code   is amended to read: 
   17533.7.   (a)    It is unlawful for any person,
firm, corporation or association to sell or offer for sale in this
 State   state  any merchandise on which
merchandise or on its container there appears the words "Made in
 U.S.A."   U.S.A.,   "  "Made in
America," "U. S.A.," or similar words  when  
unless  the merchandise  or any article, unit, or part
thereof,  has been  entirely or substantially made,
manufactured, or produced outside of   all or virtually
all made in  the United States. 
   (b) For purposes of subdivision (a), merchandise that is "all or
virtually all" made in the United States has the same meaning as in
the Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims issued by the
Federal Trade Commission (62 Fed. Reg. 63756 (Dec. 2, 1997)). 

  SECTION 1.    It is the intent of the Legislature
to enact legislation that would update California's "Made in U.S.A."
labeling standard, which was enacted in 1961, to allow California
based companies that manufacture their products within the state
while employing state residents to utilize the "Made in the U.S.A."
label even if their products contain insignificant components that
are not available in the United States.