Thursday, January 28, 2010

Legislators stop to think before passing law

What is the world coming to?

I found it a little humorous this morning hearing that House lawmakers paused a moment before ushering through texting while driving legislation yesterday.
According to the AJC, the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee decided to send two bills to a study committee to determine whether or not there are ways to properly enforce the proposed laws.
Perhaps legislators just didn't want to get caught taking any cues from the federal government.
I can empathize with the concern that this might be another unenforceable law. I used to work summers for the Governor's Office of Highway Safety counting seat belt usage on the side of the roads and highways across the State of Georgia. But I think H.B. 944 sponsor Amos Amerson, R-Dahlonega, has it right on this one:
“We pass a lot of laws and we don’t try to determine how to enforce them,” Amerson said. “It is like the seat belt law. I am sure they will come up with a method.”
The thing that made me smile was the sudden need for accountability in the laws passed by the General Assembly.
The uproar from this story about tax breaks that may or may not be working (we just don't know!) quickly died down once the public could go back to talking about sexy lobbyists and how they're tarnishing the reputation of General Assembly.
Maybe I'm asking too much for the General Assembly to hastily pass legislation that would tack on an extra revenue-generating fine for people who are caught doing stupid things in the State of Georgia.

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