State Rep. Frank Antenori (R-Dist.30) has a light bulb burning over his head. But rather than simply a cartoonish symbol for an idea, his concept is a brightly lit states’ rights issue.
The federal Energy Independence and Security Act, signed into law in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush, imposes stiff new efficiency standards beginning in 2012 — banning the sale of the most widely used incandescent bulbs, those ranging from 40 watts to 100 watts. The idea took hold in the wake of Al Gore’s cataclysmic rantings, with the intent of compelling the country to use the widely touted energy efficient compact-fluorescent light bulbs and LEDs.
U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords (Dem-CD 8) signed on to this bill, and we all know how committed to energy conservation she is.
Antenori has co-sponsored House Bill 2337, which he described this way to the House Commerce committee: “The real intent of this legislation is to challenge the federal mandate in court. We could make history by having the U.S. Supreme Court rule that the federal government overstepped its bounds.”
The committee approved the bill on a 5-1 vote. Read the bill summary here.
Antenori’s bill has the potential of becoming part of a trend that involves a Montana gun law, which Arizona and 23 other states are mimicking this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The premise is that by providing that guns manufactured in a given state are not sent over state boundaries, the federal government has no right to impose regulations, such as gun registration.
Ever on the cutting edge, Seeing Red AZ covered this governmental overreach in a December 2007 post. Check it out here.
Obviously, we think Rep. Frank Antenori is on to something and we support his efforts.