Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Mercury Fever Thermometer Prohibition Act. Sets forth legislative findings. Provides that (1) on or after July 1, 2004, no person shall sell, distribute, or give for promotional purposes (including online retail) mercury fever thermometers in this State and (2) on or after July 1, 2004, no hospital shall distribute mercury fever thermometers in maternity or new baby gift packs to patients. Provides that these prohibitions do not apply to mercury fever thermometers sold or provided to be used in a health care facility. Provides that on or after July 1, 2004, no person shall manufacture a mercury fever thermometer in this State. Provides that on or after July 1, 2004, no mercury-added novelty products may be offered for sale or distributed for promotional purposes; exempts button-cell batteries. Provides that a person who violates the Act is guilty of a petty offense and upon conviction is subject to a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $200 for each violation.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Defines "mercury fever thermometer" as a device containing liquid mercury (instead of mercury) wherein the liquid mercury (instead of mercury) is used to measure the internal body temperature of a person. Permits the sale or distribution of a mercury-added novelty product for promotional purposes if the mercury is contained within a fluorescent light bulb.