Incandescent light bulb bill clears Michigan House committee
Rep. Kenneth B. Horn (R-Frankenmuth) is pro-choice when it comes to light bulbs. Horn, chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee, cosponsored legislation to allow Michigan to make incandescent bulbs despite a federal phase out that begins with a prohibition on 100-watt bulbs next year.
“It’s an issue of choice, and a lot of people like their incandescent light bulbs,” Horn told the Saginaw News as the committee approved the bill Tuesday. “We just think it’s just ridiculous that the federal government is making all these decisions for us.”
He’s dubbed the legislation “the freedom to manufacture bill.” A company could make and sell the bulb only in Michigan, avoiding the ban under federal interstate commerce laws that would prevent the sale of the bulb across the state line in 2012, he said.
Democrats say that the bill is not grounded in reality.
“They’re not being made in Michigan, and they’re not likely to be made in Michigan,“ state Rep. Jeff Irwin, (D-Ann Arbor) told the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve got a plant making LED bulbs in my district, and that’s a real project that’s hiring real people doing real work, not fantasy work.”
The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
*Correction: This headline of this article originally communicated the bill cleared a U.S. House committee. We regret the oversight. *