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Tennessee HB0212/SB0621 NIB : Mandatory Seat Belts For Dogs

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She's old, but runs good.

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I have to admit when I was alerted to Tennessee’s  HB 0212/SB0621 the first thought that popped in my head was “Well – That makes sense.”:

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 55,
Chapter 8, Part 2, relative to the exercising of due
care by motor vehicle drivers.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 55, Chapter 8, Part 2, is amended by
adding a new section thereto, as follows:
Section 55-8-202. No person shall operate a motor vehicle with an unrestrained
animal in the front driver seat. For the purposes of this section, a restrained animal
means an animal secured in a harness or vehicle seat, confined in a box, or hard or soft
sided travel crate, or being held by a person in the front passenger seat or in a rear seat.
A violation of this section is punishable as provided by § 55-8-136.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011, the public welfare requiring it.

No person shall operate a motor vehicle with an unrestrained animal in the front driver seat – that makes sense to me. Who wants a Weimaraner behind the Wheel, especially if they might be under the influence of Alpo or something? How would that actually be possible unless the passenger was a rural USPS carrier who had dual controls? Of course things are never quite what they seem when Legislators get involved…..this has actually passed the Tennessee House with a Voice Vote!

So being the interested party, I began a little search to determine what exactly this might mean for the Canine coupe cavorters. Surely Tennessee must be flooded with unlicensed dogs dashing about the back roads on their way to secret poker parties while their humans reclined in blissful ignorance to compel State Representative Jim Cobb and State Senator Campfield to introduce HB0212/SB0621.

Okay, maybe it was the increased revenue instead? Don’t think so. According to the Fiscal Summary this is the momentous contribution that will be raked into Tennessee’s coffers to assist in alleviating the one billion dollar deficit:

Increase State Revenue – $1,100 Increase Local Revenue – $100 More

Illinois FOID Information To Go Public

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Amended : Unless the Illinois Attorney General likes a different option.

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

According to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigans office, Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card information should be public.

The Illinois attorney general says state police must release the name of everyone in the state who is authorized to own a gun.

Illinois state police determine who gets a Firearm Owners Identification card, which allows people to own guns. The police have always kept the list private.

Note that the statement went from “should” to “must”. The New York Times recently ran a piece after obtaining 37,000 names of gun owners in New York City and some of the names might surprise readers. Who cares, it’s only privacy that is being discussed here.

The good news is apparently Senator Kirk W. Dillard of Illinois decided this was not such a great idea. In fact, he introduced SB0027 to specifically combat the release of FOID information and to protect those denied unless involved in a criminal investigation.

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, the names and information of applicants or holders of a Firearm Owner’s Identification (“FOID”) Card are considered private and shall not be disclosed. Provides that no State or local law enforcement agency shall provide lists of information pertaining to FOID Card holders or applicants. Provides that a law enforcement agency may disclose whether an individual has or has not been issued, applied for, or denied a FOID Card in connection with a criminal investigation. Effective immediately.

Here is an interesting question. If a non-law abiding individual wanted to stage a series of home invasions to specifically target a weapon, how would that individual know where to go? Why – FOIA it of course!

If you are a citizen of Illinois who believes that Privacy should be protected, I encourage you to complete several steps:

Contact Senator Dillard and thank him for introducing SB0027 protecting Privacy.

Contact the Public Health Committee members where SB0027 sits at this moment. Encourage them to Pass for a Senate Vote.

Contact your Senator and request they become a Co-Sponsor or Sponsor of SB0027.

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