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Vail Daily’s View: Pass a law, then repeal another

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

Lawmakers, Democrat or Republican, often live up to their name. They do love to pass laws.

Sometimes, they bury us in laws.

Some laws are, of course, useful and necessary, like stricter drunken-driving laws that keep the sober driving public safe or child pornography laws that keep our kids safe from predators or laws that strengthen the civil rights of all Americans.

But sometimes Legislatures — again, this goes for both parties –seem to think up and try to pass laws for no other reason than that’s what they think they’re supposed to do.

The Colorado Legislature, for instance, has in the past few years passed laws forcing drivers to move out of the right lane if police or other emergency workers have someone pulled over on the side of aroad. You also may get a ticket if you’re going too slow and there are five or more cars behind you on a one-land road. Truckers face steeper fines for not putting on their chains during snowstorms.

Now, the Legislature is mulling the following laws: One would allow police to pull people over for not wearing seat belts. Another would make it illegal to talk on cell phones unless you’re using a hands-free device.

None of these are terrible laws, but the law-happy Legislature gave us the idea for another law: If the Legislature is going to pass yet another new law, it ought to repeal an existing one. Let’s balance the scales somewhat.

After all, isn’t there something about a bit of “liberty” in that pursuit of happiness?

Vail Daily Editorial Board