Friday, August 2, 2019

Ask your State Rep's and Senator why their peers can't make a deal

 This has gone on to long. Distracted driving is killing innocent people and everyone knows it, including our Reps and Senators, but for some unexplained reason, they just can't get their collective act together and get this done. So the next time you run into any of the three that represent the Ham on the Hill, ask them why they can't get something done about distracted drivers and education funding.

Left for later: Lawmakers bolt for summer without education-funding deal

The summer legislative session is now over with lawmakers leaving one big item on the table: A comprehensive education funding deal. Shira Schoenberg at MassLive has the details, or lack thereof. SHNS Chris Lisinski and Katie Lannan (pay wall) report that education activists are not happy.
Meanwhile, Schoenberg also reports that the House did pass House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s child-wellness bill yesterday. And CommonWealth magazine’s Bruce Mohl reports on last-minute action on price caps for offshore wind farms.  

Left for later, Part II: Lawmakers fail to pass distracted-driving bill

One other major item that was left on the legislative table yesterday, from SHNS’s Chris Lisinski: “House and Senate Democrats failed to reach a compromise on long-discussed distracted driving legislation after a marathon session Wednesday, abandoning the issue about four hours after Senate President Karen Spilka said a resolution appeared imminent.”


At August 2, 2019 at 4:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

this seems like a no brainer, but then, many at the state house fit that description

At August 2, 2019 at 4:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many other states have passed this why is it not happening here in MA?

At August 5, 2019 at 9:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to say this but aren't there more important things for the legislature to be focused on than hands free driving? How about the state police overtime scandal, the RMV failures, the MA Pike construction? Hands free driving is important but a new law won't stop people from doing it, it will just cost them when they do.

At August 6, 2019 at 3:23 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

there's carnage and injustice all around us. We shouldn't just continue to take no action by allowing some of these preventable accidental killings happen. This past year, the National Safety Council reported that in Massachusetts alone, 399 people were killed in car crashes in 2016. This number is a 13% increase from the previous year. In 2015 354 people died in car crashes and 348 in 2014. As the numbers continue to increase, a change in driving behavior must take place in order to combat these horrific realities.
Your right, new law wont stop anyone, but if the fine is big enough, drivers will learn quickly and word will spread like wild fire.


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