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More than 70 product stewardship laws addressing nine products have been enacted in the United States. A comprehensive, or "framework,” legislative approach establishes an overarching product stewardship policy and streamlines the process of creating product stewardship laws. In many ways, framework legislation is simply an extension of existing laws, but it also establishes a consistent means of recommending and listing additional products to be covered by a product stewardship program. Framework legislation can, therefore, provide the business community with a more stable regulatory environment. A version of framework legislation was adopted in Maine (2010), with framework bills considered in six other states (California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont, and, via an omnibus bill related to climate change, Washington). Although this approach is just beginning to be adopted in the U.S., similar Canadian framework laws have been in place for several years.

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