Monday, April 01, 2013

Ohm's Law Repealed in Texas

From today's Post in Richard Cadena's Academy of Production Technology Electric's Ave column.
Texas electricians celebrate repeal of Ohm's Law.
Ohm's Law Repealed in Texas

Moving quickly to reinforce the state's electrician-friendly image, lawmakers in Texas gave final approval today to repeal a law that has caused confusion for electricians in their state, especially in the Bryan-College Station area.

Ohm's Law, which says that the amount of current flowing through a circuit is proportional to the voltage and inversely proportional to the resistance, was repealed in the Texas House and Senate. By removing it from the books, the hope is that their electricians will no longer have to comply with the laws of nature while in Texas.

The Senate voted 38-0 to repeal the measure, which also passed the House last week. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.

Senate Leader Macon Sparks, R-Useriousville, said law enforcement officials have trouble enforcing Ohm's Law, and that electricians have trouble following it. "I don't know how this law got on the books in the first place," Sparks said. "There's no congressional record of it, which makes it unconstitutional."

Sparks added that since they use a different voltage and frequency outside of Texas, the law is discriminatory. "We wanted to make sure that foreigners from outside of Texas wouldn't be confused about the issue," Sparks said.