House votes to ignore US bulb mandate

2010-03-04T00:00:00Z House votes to ignore US bulb mandateHoward Fischer Capitol Media Services Arizona Daily Star
March 04, 2010 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - The House voted 33-27 Wednesday for a proposal by Rep. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, to let Arizonans continue to manufacture and purchase light bulbs with tungsten filaments after a federal ban that starts in four years.

Antenori said it's none of the federal government's business to tell Arizonans what kind of bulbs they can purchase and use.

Before it gets to Gov. Jan Brewer, the bill must get through the Senate.

The federal law does not ban incandescent bulbs. But it requires all light bulbs to be 25 percent to 30 percent more efficient by 2014 than they are today, rising to 70 percent by 2020. But there is nothing commercially available today in an incandescent bulb that meets those standards.

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