Imagine yourself as a state legislator in XYZ state with a central issue on your agenda that of Bisphenol A (BPA) regulation. BPA is used in various kinds of packaging, including canned foods, and plastic ware, including drinking cups. Concerns about potentially negative health effects from exposure to BPA, including increased risk for cancer, heart disease and diabetes, have led to action in 14 state legislatures, but not in XYZ state.
You realize that it is extremely unlikely that your state will ever pass any BPA laws as several large companies that manufacture plastics with BPA are located in your state. Whereas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated elimination of BPA from baby bottles and children’s drinking cups in 2012, the agency has not restricted its use in other consumer products.
Your goal is to have BPA removed from all consumer products that come in contact with food or drink. Develop a political strategy that you would employ to realize your goal and write a 1-2 page memo describing it. You may talk about policy subsystems, policy images, institutional venues, etc.
Please make sure that you write a “plan of action” detailing what steps you would take to achieve your goal. This should not be a statement of how you feel about BPA, or how bad the chemical is for one’s health, but about what you would do to have it removed from consumer products.
FYI: http://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/policy-update-on-state-restrictions-on-bisphenol-a.aspx (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.