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2011 House Bill 4815: Assert post-ban legality of "Michigan-made" incandescent lightbulbs
  1. Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on June 23, 2011, to establish that incandescent light bulbs of any wattage may be sold in Michigan if they are completely made in Michigan, notwithstanding a federal law phasing-in a ban on bulbs 40 watts and above starting in 2012. Congress claims authority to impose this ban based on the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause, so presumably a 100 percent Michigan bulb would be exempt. A similar bill was recently introduced in Texas.
    • Referred to the House Energy and Technology Committee on June 23, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on September 27, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on October 12, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 12, 2011.
  2. Passed 62 to 46 in the House on October 13, 2011, to establish that incandescent light bulbs of any wattage may be sold in Michigan if they are completely made in Michigan, notwithstanding a federal law phasing-in a ban on bulbs 40 watts and above starting in 2012. Congress claims authority to impose this ban based on the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause, so presumably a 100 percent Michigan bulb would be exempt.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on October 18, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on October 18, 2011.

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