Knowing full well that in a recent response to Pete Aleshire’s article, “Pending bills could undo local officials’ budget plans” (April 4), his question as to how State Senator Chester Crandell and State Representative Brenda Barton keep getting re-elected were rhetorical, I simply cannot ignore his implication that the bills he mentioned, which both the senator and the representative support, do not enjoy enormous public backing.
SB 1227, the energy efficient standards legislation, takes nothing away from anyone. To the contrary, it returns to the home owner/builder the choice of which features to include in the home, without piling on any additional unfunded local government mandates. Decreased construction costs translate into lower purchase prices, and I’ll vote for that every time!
HB 2517, the bill clarifying firearms pre-emption penalties, simply extends the respect and presumption of innocence that all legally-permitted, gun-owning American citizens deserve. If a local elected public official is afraid of an armed citizen for no other reason than the fact that he is armed, that citizen should not be deprived of his rights nor bear any costs whatsoever in deference to that official’s fear. And possibly, that official should run from office rather than for it. That’s another yes vote in my book!
And lastly, HB 2448, the property rights bill, puts local government on notice that if a regulation can be shown to be arbitrary, burdensome, and has negatively impacted the market value of a property, the town can be held liable for the loss. If any lawmaker, like the two mentioned above, approaches his job with the understanding that the actions he takes have real consequences to his constituents, then there is someone who has my vote!
Editor’s Note: The article didn’t question why the lawmakers get re-elected, it merely conveyed the concerns of local officials about the bills in question.