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Opening Arguments

There are rules

State Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, is always on the lookout for ways to make sure Hoosier understand that there are rules that must be followed. Even in a short session dominated by property tax reform, he finds some proscriptions that can be fine-tuned:

A $200 fine would benefit local law enforcement, beautification projects

A fast-food wrapper here, a soft drink can there. Soon, says State Sen. Tom Wyss, you're talking about a major mess.

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This unsightly scene prompted Wyss to author Senate Bill 163, which establishes a $200 highway beautification fee to be assessed against a person who has committed littering. This is above and beyond normal fines levied for the offense.

Honestly, this isn't as bad as some of the "protect us from ourselves" measures that Sen. Wyss has favored. And people who thow crap from their cars are morons who need to be smacked around a little. But never assume even the most sensible proposal can't be taken too far. This report just in from Britain:

A mother-of-three is set to face a crown court jury over claims she threw an apple core from her car on to the pavement in Wolverhampton.

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She faces a fine of up to £20,000 or six months in prison if found guilty of the charge, which states she threw 'controlled waste' from a Volkswagen Golf.


Bob G.
Fri, 02/01/2008 - 12:58pm

To quote Bill Cosby:




Sat, 02/02/2008 - 4:57pm

Wyss wants to create a nanny state, with endless regulation and fines on the governed, but also is opposed to fining businesses that hire illegals. He is part of the problem, not part of the solution. He is law and order for the powerless, yet a moral Relativists for the powerful.