light bulbs en Bing's plan to light up Detroit <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced a plan today that may help illuminate some of the city&#39;s darkest streets and freeways.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:48:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8633 at Bing's plan to light up Detroit Political Roundup with Debbie Dingell and Ken Sikkema <p>So far, this session of the Michigan legislature has been busy. Governor Snyder is expected to sign legislation that creates a state ban on dilation and extraction abortions despite there already being a federal ban. We’ve seen a proposal to block foreign laws from being used in Michigan. And there’s a proposal that would allow Michigan companies to produce incandescent light bulbs. That’s despite a federal ban and despite the fact that no Michigan companies currently produce incandescent light bulbs.</p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:52:02 +0000 Jennifer White 4371 at Political Roundup with Debbie Dingell and Ken Sikkema Bill would circumvent light bulb efficiency standards <p>The state House could vote soon to let Michigan companies ignore new federal efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs. But they could ignore the law only if they sell the bulbs exclusively to Michigan customers.</p><p>That&rsquo;s because the federal government regulates interstate commerce.</p><p>The new federal standards for incandescent bulbs will start to phase in next year.</p><p>State Representative Tom McMillan says if his bill passes,&nbsp;it might mean&nbsp;Michigan manufacturers will jump into the incandescent bulb business.</p><p><em><strong>&quot;</strong>So I think there&#39;s a chance. There&#39;s no chance if we don&rsquo;t pass this. If we do, I think there&#39;s a very legitimate chance.&quot;</em></p><p>There are currently no factories making incandescent bulbs in Michigan. There is at least one making the new energy-efficient bulbs.</p><p><em>*Correction - This story has been corrected to clarify that the new federal efficiency standards do not ban the sale of incandescent bulbs. The new standards will, however,&nbsp;phase out the common incandescent bulb as we know it.</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 20:56:30 +0000 Rick Pluta & Sarah Hulett 4333 at Bill would circumvent light bulb efficiency standards