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Don't Be A Stupid Driver and More Bills from the TX Legislature

January 20, 2007

Don't be a Stupid Driver
If this bill passes, and you commit a traffic offense while doing one of a whole slew of activities, your fine may be doubled. Activities include reading, writing, performing personal grooming, consuming food or beverage, interacting with a pet or passenger, using a communications device (PHONE!) or another activity that inhibits safety. Consuming food is what would probably get me in trouble. Or messing with my iPod.
State Agencies Must Post Expenditures on the Internets
When my new boss took office, she posted our agency's expenditures online. If this bill passes, all agencies will have to do it. Hello Open Government.
No Photos in Bathrooms and Dressing Rooms
This bill would make it an offense to take a picture of an identifiable person at a place the person would expect privacy. I guess it's okay to take a picture if you can't identify the person.
Copycat, Copycat, You're Delicious...
...and if all my wishes come true, you won't be able to advertise like you used to. This bill targets misleading advertising of copycat musical groups. It's okay if they make it clear it's a "tribute" or "salute" to the band. Even Mary Wilson of the Supremes wants the madness to stop.
Bad Driving Hotline
If this passes, you'll be able to call the Texas Department of Transportation to report bad drivers and people suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Then the department will notify police "as soon as practicable." I'm not sure what good this will do.
Minimum Yellow Light Intervals for Monitored Intersections
Austin is about to start nailing people for running red lights by taking their picture when they go through the intersection. This bill would require strict standards on the length of the yellow light.

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Unconscious Mutterings

January 14, 2007

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Episode :: Lost

  2. Source :: code

  3. Jerk :: meany

  4. Introduce :: shake hands

  5. Ralph :: Hutchins

  6. Stare :: eyes

  7. Cast :: movie

  8. Scenario :: example

  9. Flu :: image of a person with an icebag on their head, a red nose and a thermometer in their mouth

  10. Mad :: angry

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The 80th Texas Legislative Session had begun

January 10, 2007

There was a glimmer of hope yesterday that we'd have a new Speaker of the House in Texas, but I guess the pressure was too great and we're stuck with Craddick for another session. The Pink Lady was a hoot live blogging from the Capitol.

My bill watch continues with a report of the following bills filed:

Why Do Prisoners Have Cell Phones Anyway?
This law would allow the inspector general to monitor prisoners' cell phone conversations.
Oh C'mon... that wasn't REALLY Bill Clinton
During midterm elections, I had quite a few answering machine messages from politicians begging for votes or supporting other candidates. This law would apply the Texas No-Call list to those kinds of calls, too.
I demand a paper recount!
This law would require that voters be allowed to inspect and verify a paper record of their vote when using a voting machine. The paper records would be kept and could be used in a recount or manual audit.
Friona is the Cheeseburger Capital of Texas?
I've never heard of Friona, but that yucky Warren Chisum wants to make it the Cheeseburger Capital of Texas. He's probably just mad because Betty Brown called dibs on making Athens, TX the Original Home of the Hamburger.
Driving Tests for the Elderly
This law would require anyone 90 years or older to renew their driver license in person every two years and prove they can still drive well.

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New Bosses, Taxes and Dead Birds

January 8, 2007

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