Help fight these laws!
A few months ago, I told my wife of a law that would require toy makers to submit samples for testing, at their cost, to be tested for excess lead and get certified "clean" before sale. This testing seems to cost around $4000. The expense could put several small and part time toy makers our of business and could be construed as covering Natalie's artwork as well.
It's this one: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
It was designed after several lead laden toys and trinkets came in from China, putting kids at risk. Well, someone finally "thought of the children", and decided we needed more of Nanny's attention. The law as written threatens many small toy producers in the states, even those whose products clearly are lead-free.
Tonight, I introduced her to another law, and this one really made her flip her lid. It basically entitles companies to claim copyright over public-domain clothing designs. The idea is that if a company comes out with something inspired by or similar to a public domain design, that that company can go after anyone who was similarly inspired by an existing design.
This has the effect of making any hobbyist seller, like those on etsy, hire a lawyer and do the equivalent of a clothing-title-search on any new design they come up with and decide to sell.
These are two laws which really impact actual small-business people. Help the cause and complain to our reps.