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Published: Friday, March 14 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Murray, UT

As our state decries is treatment by the feds, our state legislature turns around and treats towns and counties the same way.

If a town wants to ban certain dog breeds, whys should they be stopped? Dogs don't have human rights. There are several breeds that tend to be very aggressive to anyone but the owner. If a town doesn't want to have to deal with those dogs, they should be able to ban them. Again, dogs don't have human rights.

On panhandling, the state may have a foot in the door. If the state wants to restrict it on state owned and maintained roadways, that is their business. On the streets owned by the cities and towns, laws should be up to the cities and towns.

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Panhandlers are a safety menace and concern to drivers on any roadways no mater where they are. Many cities get help from the state to maintain their roadways ergo the state should have the right to regulate them. This type of question has been debated to death. There are numerous assistance agency's and churches able to help the homeless/panhandlers. The citizens/taxpayers have rights also, it's time government work for the good of the masses and not special interest groups.

2 bit
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I guess it all depends on if you want the Unified PD officer on the off-ramp to have to figure out what city he's in at the time, and bring up the ordinances of that city for that ramp to decide what to do...

SL County police operate in many different cities. If the rules are different every few blocks... I can see it becoming an enforcement problem.

St George, Utah

And yet the leaders in the legislature would proudly claim their bed rock conservatism. But don't conservatives believe in limited government and that there is such a thing as too many laws?

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