Tenth Amendment fanatic Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon is at it again, filing a bill which would protect the rights of Missourians to own light bulbs (and apparently this will convince the people in her senatorial district to vote for a dim bulb.)
Mrs. Davis' bill, HB 2468, the Freedom to Own Light Bulbs Act, includes the following passage:
4. A lightbulb or lightbulb accessory that is manufactured commercially or privately in Missouri and that remains within the borders of Missouri is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce. This section applies to a lightbulb or lightbulb accessory that is manufactured in Missouri from basic materials and that can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported into this state. Generic and insignificant parts that have other manufacturing or consumer product applications are not lightbulbs or lightbulb accessories, and their importation into Missouri and incorporation into a lightbulb or lightbulb accessory manufactured in Missouri does not subject the lightbulb or lightbulb accessory to federal regulation. It is declared by the legislature that basic materials are not lightbulbs or lightbulb accessories and are not subject to congressional authority to regulate lightbulbs or lightbulb accessories under interstate commerce as if they were actually lightbulbs or lightbulb accessories. The authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include the authority to regulate lightbulbs or lightbulb accessories made in Missouri from those materials. Lightbulb accessories that are imported into Missouri from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a lightbulb to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a lightbulb in Missouri.
5. A lightbulb manufactured or sold in Missouri under the provisions of this section shall have the words "Made in Missouri" clearly stamped.
Political experts say this daring move will enable to Mrs. Davis to corner the market among those who don't know watt they're talking about.
GE Whiz! doesn't she realize there are actually serious issues that need to be discussed?