H.R. 5161, E-LABEL Act

H.R. 5161

E-LABEL Act

Sponsor
Rep. Bob Latta

Date
September 9, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5161, the E-LABEL Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 5161 was introduced on July 22, 2014 by Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH) and was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  The bill was marked up on July 29 and 30 and was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5161 directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue regulations to allow manufacturers of radiofrequency devices with display (e.g. wireless devices) the option of using electronic labeling, instead of requiring physical labels on the equipment.

Background

In congressional testimony regarding H.R. 5161, bill sponsor Rep. Robert Latta explained that “The [FCC] has instituted an equipment authorization program, where electronic devices are required to display a physical label documenting that it has been properly certified by the [FCC] for commercial use.  The label is also intended to provide consumers with means to readily obtain additional information about the device as efficiently as possible.  While the information contained on the label serves an important function and extends meaningful benefits and protections to consumers, the time has come for the [FCC] to update its rules to reflect modern technology and modify its equipment identification requirements to permit electronic labeling, or e-labeling, for wireless devices.”[1]  H.R. 5161 addresses this issue by providing a timeframe in which the FCC must move forward with rulemaking on e-labeling, in order to take into account technological advances.[2]

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[1] Testimony of the Honorable Robert E. Latta, Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, A Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3670, the Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013, H.R. ____, the LPTV and Translator Act of 2014, and H.R. ___, the E-LABEL Act” (July 24, 2014).
[2] See Federal Communications Commission: E-Labeling Deserves Serious Consideration (Apr. 25, 2014) by FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 5161 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.