Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Now I Know Why It's Called "Flori-DUH"

States pass all kinds of weird, bullshit laws.  Some are just common sense, like buses stopping at railroad tracks before crossing.  Others are done for protectionism, such as requiring licenses and training in a growing industry but grandfathering in those without them (since they usually make it so the business has to pay for the licenses and such, not only does this add a financial spike to the punch, but it also means no tax dollars are at stake, so no repercussions for the politicians).  And some are just plain stupid, like how in 1897, Indiana nearly legally changed the value of pi to 3.2, 4, or 3.23, depending.  So when a no-brainer comes along, you expect it to pass.

And when it doesn't....

Florida has been working on passing a state law banning bestiality.  It had support on both sides of the aisle.  D's and R's both wanted this passed.  Residents of Florida wanted it passed.  Yahweh Himself wanted it passed.


The state Senate has twice passed the measure, but the House refused to hear it.  With this session, House Majority Leader Adam Hasner got an idea.  There was an agriculture bill coming up for a vote, and the ban was incorporated into it.  It made it through the House.  The Senate, however, approved a different agriculture bill with different riders, such as allowing some gun owners to keep their guns in their vehicles in previously exempted locations and making it easier for municipalities to enact stricter controls over fertilizer sales.  The House didn't like the Senate bill, the Senate didn't like the House bill, curtains.

A separate bill was drafted to ban bestiality.  It never even made it to a hearing.  Some politicians are saying they aren't hearing it because they don't want to be accused of wasting time on a crime that rarely happens instead of doing something constructive like creating jobs.  Or, maybe they just squicked.  Rep. Mary Brandenburg, D-West Palm Beach, stated simply, ``It is yucky.''  Aw, poor politician doesn't want to do what she's paid to do, which is consider bills and LEAD.

Is there some problem with government and voting in Florida?  Something in the water, maybe?  I mean, here in Illinois, our dead people have a better understanding of how to vote and run a government than they do!
Tags: haven't we suffered enough, news, politics, stupidity, wtf
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