08 July 2009
BY CHASE PURDY
The Arizona Republic

Reading through the paperwork, Karen Brooks thought it was a joke. It was unlike anything she'd seen in 20 years.

"This can't be happening," she told herself in 2007, as she skimmed through pages of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that had been passed by Congress.

Brooks works for Bumkins, a Scottsdale manufacturer of baby products. As production and sourcing manager, she oversees the Scottsdale location's day-to-day operation. It's her job to make sure the company is in compliance with the evolving federal legislation.

But the law, meant to protect children from harmful products in toys and clothes, is increasing costs for some small business owners, and driving others out of business.



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