Wednesday, June 27, 2007

More Big Government

The first is bipartisanship at its worst. It's one of these bills that sound great, but does it really need to be a LAW enforced by fines and a gun to your head?

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More Michigan children would be required to travel in safety car seats under legislation passed Wednesday by the state House.

Current Michigan law generally requires children under 4 to ride in a child restraint system, rather than just seat belts alone.

The bills passed by the House would broaden the requirements. Children under 4-foot-9 and less than 80 pounds would have to be in a restraint system or a booster seat until they turn 8.

The main bill in the package passed by a 101-7 vote. The legislation now goes to the Senate.

Another bill would require that child restraint systems for the younger children be in the back seat, if the vehicle has a back seat. And the bills would eliminate Michigan's current exemption for a child being nursed.

"It's important that we protect our young children," said Rep. Barb Byrum, a Democrat from Onondaga and one of the package's sponsors. "This will help ensure that our kids are protected."

I understand recommendations, but I have a problem with fining people for that. Will there be checkpoints for that like there are for seatbelts?

The other big government is led by coastal democrats from Taxachusetts and Commiefornia who hate American cars.

From the AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of House Democrats said Wednesday they would push for a boost in gas mileage standards for automobiles later this summer.

Both Democrats and Republicans complained that a stripped-down energy plan now under consideration by a House committee was devised to prevent them from including more ambitious proposals to raise fuel economy standards, reduce the carbon content in fuels and promote liquefied coal as a motor fuel.

"We will pass a tough fuel economy standard soon — just as the Senate has done," Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said at the start of a daylong hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to consider changes to the bill.

The Senate approved a plan last week to require automakers to increase the average fuel efficiency of their new fleets to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. Markey and several California lawmakers said they intended to seek stricter requirements when the energy proposal was considered on the House floor later this summer.

With the democrats taking over the state legislature and congress, things have gone from bad to worse.

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