Saturday, May 05, 2012

Nanny State Nonsense

Via Wizbang, there's an emergency in Arkansas. And the only solution is government. Government regulations, bureaucrats, and taxes. The emergency must be dealt with. It seems people aren't washing their dishes in a way that satisfies the government.
State Rep. Kathy Webb is seeking to have Arkansas declare a state of emergency due to people failing to scrape grease from their dishes or trap the grease in special grease collectors before washing the dishes in dishwashers or the kitchen sink.
Webb has submitted Interim Study Proposal 2011-201, an act “to declare an emergency” over the alleged crisis.
Webb’s bill claims food grease presents an emergency risk of sewer overflows that threatens the environment. “It is in the public interest to establish a Fat, Oil, and Grease Advisory Committee to study the recommended measures to better ensure that the collection, transportation, disposal, and recycling of fat, oil, and grease are done in a manner that is protective of the environment,” reads the bill.
As if "Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms" wasn't ridiculous enough in its own right, now we are told the government needs a "Fat, Oil, and Grease Advisory Committee." And what might this committee look like?
According to the bill, the state will appoint a 14 (!) member committee “with adequate staff and facilities” to study the frying-pan-grease emergency and recommend legislation, enforcement, and other emergency government action to fight food grease. Even after such action, the committee and its “adequate staff and facilities” will perpetually exist, convene, and soak up taxpayer resources.
Fourteen people, plus staff and facilities. It could become its own Little Rock office park, sucking up taxpayers money while advising on fat, oil, and grease in perpetuity.


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