At the start of the 2011 Utah legislative session, I vowed to avoid the whole 45 day fiasco. But, like an impending train wreck, I just can’t look away. I’m happy to report I have not been disappointed with the antics of the perennial favorite…Sen. Chris Buttars of West Jordan. So far in this young session, Buttars is making sure to further his noble agenda of looking out for himself and telling the federal government (or any government other than himself) to fuck off. Among his actions:
- SB110 sponsored by Buttars to prevent out of state tickets from affecting one’s UT driver’s license. This make sense because Buttars is probably getting loads of tickets for parking illegally in handicap parking spots, so any additional points from his out of state transgressions might put him over the edge.
- HB89 seeks to make it illegal to smoke in a car with a child under the age of 15 present. While Buttars has no say in this current House Bill, he was sure to comment on the issue (along with a member of his adored Eagle Forum) insinuating that the bill infringes on parents’ rights. Because…parents should all have the right to poison their children and give them cancer.
- SB124 sponsored by Sen. Ben McAdams of Salt Lake City would make it a misdemeanor to leave a child under the age of 12 alone in a vehicle. Currently in these situations parents are prosecuted under child endangerment laws, which are much harsher and harder to enforce. This bill would allow police to basically write a ticket without getting CPS involved. The bill is in response to complaints that this practice is becoming too common in particular west side neighborhoods and puts children at risk. Buttars objected, saying that…you guessed it! It infringes on parental rights. I must have missed that stated inalienable right to put your children in danger.
This is the important work of the elected state senator from the southwest end of the Salt Lake valley. Keep it klassy, Chris Buttars…keep it klassy.