COPY-Bill making state vending machines green now law

Associated Press - June 8, 2009 1:55 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal requiring vending machines on state property to be equipped with energy efficient lights has been signed into law by the governor.

Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the measure late last week.

Under the proposal, any vending machines installed on state property after July 1 will have to use energy efficient lighting.

While the law does not require existing machines to be replaced, it does mandate that vending machines needing repair must have the new lighting installed if they are on state property.

Bredesen has said he wants to improve the state's clean energy standards and help reduce the state's per capita electricity consumption, which is among the country's highest.

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