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Congressional Review Act: Great Idea, Limited Success

Congressional Review Act: Great Idea, Limited Success

The Congressional Review Act (Public Law 104-121), enacted in 1996 as part of the "Contract with America," allows Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies. In addition, the law provides a mechanism whereby Congress can overrule a regulation by passage of a joint resolution. Measures of disapproval cannot be filibustered…

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Jobs, Jobs, Who’s Got the Jobs?

Jobs, Jobs, Who’s Got the Jobs?

As Congress prepares to return from its summer recess and President Obama rolls up his sleeves after a vacation in Martha's Vineyard, there is one question on people's minds. What are they going to do about JOBS? Without a doubt, Americans remain very concerned about the nation's current economic conditions and jobs (or lack thereof). And they are looking to…

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Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

In the world of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) there are several categories of membership for the countries that participate in that international standards body.  Full members are those National Committees that have access to all technical and managerial activities and functions, at all levels of the IEC, including voting rights in the IEC Council.  There are also Associate members and…

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The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he…

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Regulatory Reform is the Watchword

Regulatory Reform is the Watchword

As the economy begins to recover and businesses start to plan for growth, all eyes are on Washington and the prospects for regulatory reform. The time and costs of understanding and complying with a myriad of regulatory requirements imposed by a numerous federal agencies is frustrating for industry, and American businesses are looking to Congress for answers. In Fiscal Year…

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EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future

EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future

Since the invention of electric light, the incandescent lamp has been the standard.  Why?  They are cheap to produce, can be made in a wide range of sizes, and require no external regulating equipment.  The trouble is that incandescent lamps are based on a design that was developed over a century ago and the majority of their electrical energy consumption…

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NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

This week the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved and published their Strategic Lighting Plan, which was two years in the making. NEMA staff and members participated directly in the development and drafting of the SLP from start to finish to provide the manufacturer perspective in effort to balance out the advocates and regulators, and to serve as…

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Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Today many concerned building owners, lighting designers and some regulators are increasing their efforts and attention on free, natural light.  Unfortunately, while it is certainly very energy efficient, it is not reliable.  Like all renewable resources it is subject to periods of unavailability, not just at night but also during the day.  Natural variation in the intensity of sunlight can be a challenge. …

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End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

America’s 234th birthday wasn’t the only milestone reached last week; last week also marked the (effective) end of the magnetic ballast era.  Since the fluorescent lamp was commercially introduced in the 1940s, it has been coupled with the magnetic ballast to regulate the electricity flowing into the lamp.  As of July 1, 2010, many popular magnetic ballasts can no longer…

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Can (Should) Congress Save the System?

Can (Should) Congress Save the System?

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider a comprehensive set of reforms designed to respond to the recent economic crisis.  H.R. 4173, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, creates a new federal agency (Consumer Financial Protection Agency) tasked with regulating financial products and protecting consumers from unfair and abusive financial products and services.  As proposed, the…

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