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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are considering tighter restrictions on the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products as a way to encourage the use of safer alternatives.

A bill co-sponsored by 38 legislators would make it the official policy of the state to press manufacturers to substitute toxic substances with the safest feasible alternative.

One goal of the bill is to limit exposure to chemicals supporters say have been linked to asthma, diabetes, autism, cancer, birth defects, Parkinson's disease and other conditions.

The bill would create a priority list of the most dangerous toxic substances and fine distributors and manufacturers who use them.

The bill is set to go before a public hearing of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on Monday.

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