UPDATE (01/13/11): Big Gov’t Bureaucrat Back Pedals on Bike Bill
"Can I see your license and registration, please?"
A New Jersey democrat is using her political muscle to force citizens across the state to register their bicycles with the Division of Motor Vehicles. The ridiculous maneuver would help the state offset its $10 billion budget deficit by enforcing a $10 per license plate fee and fines up to $100 for those, including children, caught riding unregistered bikes.
Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) said balancing the state’s budget isn’t her motivation for the outlandish proposal; it’s protecting senior citizens from getting run over by kids on bikes.
Affixing license plates to every bicycle in the state would help these vulnerable senior citizens identify and rattle off the license plate numbers from the kids’ bikes to the police, ensuring the rascals are brought to justice, says Tucker.
Tucker’s proposal has been met with opposition by a diverse group of interests including bicyclists, environmentalists, business owners and even her own colleagues in the State House.
“That’s an outrage, for sure,” said Paige Hiemier, vice-president of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. “Basically, it’s outrageous for a number of reasons, and most of them are: Who is the legislation aimed at? Who’s going to administer it? How are they going to pay for it? Who’s going to stop the bicyclists and check their registration?”
Send Tucker an email reminding her not to make the same mistake twice: AswTucker@njleg.org
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The State Assembly and Governor will determine the plate's fate in January.
TalkingPointsMemo.com reveals that the Virginia chapter of the 9/12 Project is trying to muster support among state legislators to commission “Don’t Tread On Me” license plates:
[I]f the bill passes, Virginia residents won’t even have to lift a finger to show their opposition to big government and higher taxes. Or, as the 912 Richmond website puts it: “The citizens of Virginia will soon be able to express their support for smaller government and protest the Federal Government’s intrusion into the affairs of private citizens. How? With license plates that make a statement!”
The site says that the group collected “over 475 signatures” in support of the plate at the Virginia Tea Party convention this year …
Interested Virginians should visit the 9/12 Richmond VA website to learn how they can support the effort and be among the first recipients of the new license plates.
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Upton's so environmentally friendly that he just rolls to work in a tire.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) survived the Tea Party’s purge of RINOs from Congress and now he’s angling to become the Chairman of the House Energy Committee. As the NSLF warned voters prior to last week’s election, he can’t be trusted to legislate in the best interests of our nation and its citizens:
This RINO has cast way too many votes enabling Speaker Pelosi and her boss, President Obama, to bankrupt America by any means necessary. On top of that, Upton’s an environmental wingnut who Democrats say is “someone they can work with on energy and climate issues.” Thanks to Fred and his friends across the aisle, beginning in 2012, old-fashioned light bulbs will be phased-out and replaced with those super-expensive ‘energy-efficient’ bulbs. Despite co-sponsoring the light bulb ban, Upton’s now trying to downplay his involvement the bill’s passage.
Contact your Member of Congress and urge him or her to oppose Rep. Upton’s bid to chair the House Energy Committee.
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Bill Whittle chalks out the basics of Tea Party Conservatism. In this segment, Bill talks about the advantages of small government and free enterprise.
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