Washington Mercury Lighting Amendment (SB 6538)

February, 2012

SB 6538 would have amended the mercury-containing lights product stewardship program law (RCW 70.275), but the bill did not receive a floor vote before the February 14 deadline and is now dead. This bill would have inserted language into the existing law focused on two issues: giving producers authority to fund the product stewardship program through a charge passed on to the wholesaler, retailer or retail customer, and adding a new section providing immunity from antitrust laws to the producers for the limited purpose of meeting the requirements of RCW 70.275. Read the Senate Bill Report (PDF) for a summary of activity.