Friday, January 15, 2016

They're at it again

More dumb laws
Not a day goes by that I don't hear about another law that is coming down the pike that boggles the mind that anyone could have been that mentally challenged to have thought up that law.  Turns out Sacramento is full of people who have nothing better to do that write laws that (seemingly) do nothing to help humankind.  What with this being January, following are a few of the new laws that just hit Californian's upside the head.

SB 178: Search Warrants.  Notwithstanding the fact that every politician says they want to put him in prison, it appears that someone in Sacramento thinks Eric Snowden is a hero.  As such, SB 178 requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before they can search your email, text messages, Internet search history, or other digital data.  On its face, this all sounds great for the average joe who is only searching for the latest cat videos on YouTube.  What about those nefarious no good doers who are out to do no good?  You're going to wait until a search warrant is issued to search their plans to massacre people in San Bernardino or blow up the twin towers before you move in?  Uh, yeah.  I'm thinking this one is going to come back to haunt Sacramento sooner than later.

AB 1100:  Ballot Fees.  Seems like Governments all over are hurting for cash these days.  Sad that Sacramento thought it would be a great revenue generator to raise the fees to put something on the ballot from $200 to $2,000.  Gotta wonder if this was in response to an attempt to reduce the number of ballot issues submitted from we the people to thwart the stupidity of them the politicians. I can almost hear the sound of the founding fathers screaming from their graves.

SB 277: Vaccines.  OK, it's not that his law is stupid as the reason it was created in the first place.  Seems a few months back there was this measles outbreak at Disneyland.  Subsequently, there was a push by politicians to vaccinate all children because of what happened at an amusement park.  REALLY!?!  We're going to base what we do because of what happens at Disneyland (i.e. the greatest money suck second only to Sacramento and DC)?  For the record, SB 277 requires all children to be vaccinated before being admitted to school.  Personally, I'd say maybe it's time to start home schooling your kids rather than to bend to the whims of a few crazy politicians - but that's just me and that's just a few of the laws coming to fruition here in the golden state in 2016.

See you (hopefully) next year!