S. 2583, E-LABEL Act

S. 2583

E-LABEL Act

Sponsor
Sen. Deb Fischer

Date
November 13, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the House will consider S. 2583, the E-LABEL Act.  S. 2583 was introduced on July 10, 2014 by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S. 2583 directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue regulations or take other appropriate action to allow manufacturers of radiofrequency devices with display (e.g. wireless devices) the option to use electronic labeling in place of affixing physical labels to the equipment.

Background

A similar version of this legislation, H.R. 5161, passed in the House on September 11, 2014 by a vote of 402-0.

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

A CBO score for this legislation is currently unavailable.  According to CBO estimates, the House version of this bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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