Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Yet Another Stupid Move from the New Mexico Legislature

Shorter New Mexico Politicians: "Between allowing concealed weapons in restaurants and refusing to take a strong stand against drunk driving, we'll lower our state's population yet!"

Seriously - I don't understand why any legislative body would find setting a minimum prison sentence for drunk driving and reducing from four to three the number of DWIs before it becomes a felony to be objectionable. I understand the legislature is worried about cost to the state, but you're the legislature - find ways to reduce spending. Might I suggest firing a few regents on the UNM Board of Regents and reducing payroll ? Seriously - yes, the state is in a deficit, but this is the kind of law that makes as much sense to pass as anything. But no - New Mexico's legislators are apparently determined to make a strong push as "worst state-legislative body in the country." The competition is stiff, but with decisions like these, don't count New Mexico out yet.

[UPDATE] Well, at least they're willing to crack down on texting-while-driving...