Sen. Deb Fischer says she pushed for the “E-Label Act”, in part, as a way to break through partisan gridlock.
Fischer’s bill allows electronics manufacturers to digitally label their products, rather than physically label them.
“The E-Label Act would ease certain regulatory requirements on manufacturers of products such as phones, and computers, and other electronics by giving them the option to meet the physical label requirement digitally,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters in a conference call.
The full title of Fischer’s bill is the Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses (E-Label) Act.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires certain labeling to be permanently stamped on the exterior of certain electronic products.
Fischer reached across party lines to get support from West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, as the lead Democrat to co-sponsor the legislation.
The Senate passed the bill unanimously on September 18th. The House passed the bill unanimously earlier this month. President Barack Obama signed it into law Wednesday.
Fischer says the change matches 21st Century manufacturing and even provides more legible labeling on smaller electronic devices.
“As electronic devices in the marketplace become smaller and smaller that label requirement becomes increasingly difficult to meet and it costs more for manufacturers as well, which they pass on to consumers,” according to Fischer. “The E-Label option promises to lower costs for both producers and consumers.”
The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology is responsible for writing the new labeling rules.