On June 17, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that exempts Texas from the 2007 federal law that requires bulbs to consume less energy. The Texas bill has a provision that the incandescent light bulbs be manufactured and sold within the state. Similar legislation is pending in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Supporters of the 2007 Federal law stress that the law does not ban incandescent bulbs, but just creates new standards for them. The standards require increased efficiency, so that the bulbs with a lighting equivalent of 100 watts consume just 72 watts. Opponents stress that this is just another "back door" regulation to eliminate incandescent light bulbs and leave all Americans with "NO choice".
Representative Joe Barton said that the 2007 Federal law has resulted in "Washington-mandated layoffs in the middle of a desperate recession". He also said "Washington is making too many decisions that are better left to people who work for their own paychecks and earn their own living."
Representative Barton and others argue that the new law would force consumers to switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), most of which are not made in the United States.