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Path to 'Light Freedom' Bill Passage Still Unclear
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/21/2011 | Jack Spencer

Posted on 10/21/2011 12:37:45 PM PDT by MichCapCon

Legislation that could let Michigan escape the federal phaseout and ban on traditional light bulbs is now in the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee.

As widely expected, House Bill 4815 was passed on a 62-46 mostly party-line vote in the GOP-controlled House last week. Rep. Matthew Lori, R-Constantine, was the lone Republican to vote against the legislation, while Rep. Richard LeBlanc, D-Westland, was the lone Democrat to vote in favor of it. Rep. Kurt Damrow, R-Port Austin, was not present.

Now that the measure has moved over to the Senate, its fate is uncertain. Not only is it unclear what the Senate will do with the bill; it's also unclear whether Gov. Rick Snyder supports it.

“My guess is that if they have trouble moving the bill, they're going to start getting a lot of calls and emails from grass-roots voters,” said Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, the sponsor of the bill. “I wouldn't think that this would be an issue they'd want to ignore.”

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: bulbs; green; light

1 posted on 10/21/2011 12:37:51 PM PDT by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

Given that the power grid crosses state lines, the Feds can probably claim jurisdiction via interstate commerce.

2 posted on 10/21/2011 12:51:55 PM PDT by I Shall Endure
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To: I Shall Endure

Where will they buy the bulbs? Mexico? This administration will let millions of people and lots of drugs across the border. But I dare anyone to try to bring one incandescent lightbulb.

3 posted on 10/21/2011 1:05:27 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Terry Mross

Yeah, lightbulb smuggling from Mexico will probably happen; just like the smuggling of “regular” flush toilets from Canada.

What a mess.

4 posted on 10/21/2011 1:09:42 PM PDT by I Shall Endure
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