This is a good law. Parents do not have a right hurt their children. Yes ...
Sometimes government can and must be part of the solution.
If we can't pass this law for the reason thatGovernment
shouldn't tell parents what todo or not to do with their kids, then
why notjust get rid of all child abuse laws, andcompulsory education
While I agree with the idea behind this, I'm baffled by why the legislature
won't ban cell phone use and texting by ALL drivers because doing so would
"interfere with their rights."Something isn't making
Why not just ban smoking entirely?I oppose this law as interfering
with freedom of choice for parents. Too much "nanny state" intrusion,
even if it is described as being "for the children". You cannot
legislate common sense or morality.
I think smokers should be banned from flicking their ashes and butts out of
their car windows. Even in the dead of winter you see drivers with their window
down a 2 or 3 inches so they can dump their stuff. Heaven forbid they want to
dirty their car!
DN, That would be exactly what it is, freedom of choice "for the
parents," if this were to not pass. The kids would have no say in the
matter. Reading other posts from you on a variety of topics, it seems you would
want to protect children in these types of situations. While I agree you cannot
legislate morality - this obviously won't stop parents from smoking in the
home with the kids present - I believe you can certain legislate it to the
extent it is visible, and make it punishable. That has already been established
with other "morality" laws!
Another "nanny state" law. Honestly, for a conservative state, Utah
really needs to get out of the social engineering business. All you do with dumb
laws like this, is give the "clean air nazis" and government more power
and parental rights are lessened every time something like this is passed. Like
DN Subscriber 2 said, "You cannot legislate common sense or morality."
I can't wait till someone takes it to court and to see if even passes the
test on infringement of a persons rights, to do what they want on and in there
"The fact of the matter is we all do things that are harmful to our
children," Henderson said.Wow! That statement really bothers
me. We are talking about knowlingly harming a child. Yes we all make mistakes
and may unintentionally cause some harm to our children. But I would NEVER
knowlingly cause physical harm to my child. Nor would anyone I know. This bill
is aimed at the very small number of people that are knowlingly causing harm.
I'm astonished that all parents have been lumped into that category by our
Senator Dayton called people who support the bill "clean air nazis".
Looking over the Wasatch front air today, and looking at what Ms. Dayton has
done for the polluters I would have to call her comment" profound"
What about parents smoking in their homes?