Friday, January 23, 2009

Wasting time at the Capitol

I'm a good liberal, I believe in a vibrant and active government but are slow drivers really a burning issue in the state right now?

The House gave initial approval today to a bill requiring slow-moving vehicles to pull over if there are five or more cars behind them.

The action came after a debate in which some rural lawmakers said farmers driving tractors or trucks loaded with hay or other materials would be unfairly penalized.

The Colorado legislature hears around 600 bills a year, hundreds of them become law and unfortunately a not-so-insignificant number of them are as ridiculous as this slow-driver bill. I will never cease to be amazed at the ridiculous minutia that our legislators concern themselves with. I really hate to come across as a crank but this kind of nonsense feeds the perception that our legislature is filled with buffoons who are not up to the task of addressing the major issues facing our state. It's hard enough to defend the neccesary and proper functions of government against the privatizers and anti-tax jihadists. This sort of legislation is not only unncessary, it damages the image of government in the publics eye.

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