Friday, August 8, 2008

What's next? Chewing gum?

Those wacky lawmakers in Illinois are at it again. Truckers are all too familiar with the high jinks of the Illinois General Assembly. Logging repeated veto-proof margins to kill split speeds, only to fail to override gubernatorial vetoes, is just one example.

Then there was the Illinois state lawmaker whom a Land Line staffer interviewed in recent years. She didn’t know the difference between a limited-access interstate highway and a U.S. highway with cross streets and traffic signals.

But a bill currently in the Illinois House Rules Committee raises Illinois “idiocracy” to a new level. And when I say idiocracy I’m not talking about the 2006 motion picture with Luke Wilson. I’m talking about the combination of idiotic behavior and bureaucracy.

Introduced by Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, HB4520 seeks to make it illegal for pedestrians to talk on cell phones or use other wireless devices while crossing streets. Land Line Magazine State Legislative Editor Keith Goble filed a report on the bill that has “just the facts, ma’am.”

Going beyond just the facts, I’m wondering what’s next on the legislative agenda in the Land of Lincoln.

Outlawing gum chewing while walking, perhaps? I understand some folks have trouble with that. Don’t we need to protect them from themselves?

With all of the serious concerns facing the people of Illinois, what in the wide, wide world of sports are any lawmakers doing wasting their time and taxpayers’ money to file such idiotic legislation?