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Illinois Senate committee OKs ban on crib bumpers

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SPRINGFIELD -- An Illinois Senate committee has approved a ban on selling crib bumpers.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported that the committee cited an American Academy of Pediatric warning when it voted on Tuesday. The group says the bumpers could cause infants to suffocate in their sleep. The measure passed the Illinois House 64-46 on April 8.

State Sen. Julie Morrison sponsored the measure. The Deerfield Democrat says it's a safety issue for Illinois children.

The ban doesn't include mesh bumpers. The Illinois Manufacturers' Association says that's unfair because it gives those types of crib bumpers an unfair advantage in the marketplace.

Morrison says she made the effective date of the bill Jan. 1, 2016, to give businesses time to adapt.

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