Texas Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Light Bulb Manufacturers

The Texas Legislature recently passed a bill helping incandescent light bulb manufacturers in the State avoid Federal efforts aimed at phasing out the bulbs by next year.

The Texas Legislature recently passed HB 2510, which allows light bulb manufacturers to continue producing incandescent bulbs in the State, in spite of Federal mandates aimed at phasing out incandescent bulbs by 2012.

“In 2007, the U.S. Congress enacted and President (George W.) Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act, a portion of which sets an energy efficiency standard for general service incandescent lamps and for incandescent reflector lamps and fluorescent lamps,” read the House Research Organization analysis of the bill.

“HB 2510 would affirm that an incandescent light bulb that was manufactured in Texas and remained in the state would not be subject to federal law or regulation under the authority of the U.S. Congress to regulate interstate commerce.”

The measure, after passing in the Legislature, was sent to Governor Rick Perry for consideration. Perry has until Sunday to veto the bill, sign it into law or allow it to become law without his signature.

The bill’s supporters argue that the Federal Energy Independence and Security Act effectively outlawed incandescent light bulbs, which “is misguided for many reasons. First, it stifles domestic industries that produce incandescent light bulbs in favor of compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs), which almost exclusively are made in China. Second, it promotes an environmentally and economically questionable product,” according to the analysis.





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