SC senators consider 'light bulb freedom'

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 11:02 AM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 2:52 AM
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COLUMBIA — An environmental group wants South Carolina senators to reject a bill meant to trump federal energy standards by allowing manufacturers to make and sell traditional incandescent bulbs.

The proposal passed by the House last year would allow South Carolina manufacturers to make and sell the bulbs only in the state. It’s in response to a federal law requiring 100-watt bulbs to be more energy efficient.

Ryan Black of the Coastal Conservation League told a Senate panel Wednesday the bill it circumvents federal efforts to save electricity.

Sen. Kevin Bryant says government shouldn’t tell residents what kind of light bulb they can buy.

No action was taken. Bryant’s subcommittee advanced the bill last year. It is awaiting debate in full committee.

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