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S. 3143: Magnet Injury Prevention Act

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The legislation would overturn an anti-regulatory 2016 decision joined by the future Supreme Court justice.


In a trend in America starting around 2009, colorful spherical neodymium magnets — which are about 30 times stronger than normal refrigerator magnets — became popular. That property allowed customers to do cool things, such as create sculptures which would be impossible with refrigerator magnets.

These new cool things came with a potentially fatal downside. If young children or infants swallowed more than one of the neodymium magnets, their super-attraction meant the magnets would often find each other within the body — sometimes destroying tissues in between.

There were hundreds of such injury cases per year, including cases with as many as 16 magnets ingested, resulting in at least one death. And the odds of such multi-magnet ...

Sponsor and status

Richard Blumenthal

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Dec 19, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Dec 19, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on December 19, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Dec 19, 2019

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S. 3143 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3143. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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