Utah State Senate, please defeat SB107!While I hold grafitti and
those who do it in very low regard, my concern is that SB107 will criminalize
many legitimate activities by law abiding citizens, and could also lead to
profiling. After reading this law it appears to me that law abiding
do-it-yourself type citizens would be breaking the law when coming out of a home
improvement store with a couple cans of spray paint. Would a Black or Hispanic
youth, running errands for a father, be more suspect and more likely to be
arrested by this law?What about a chear leader squad that has paint
and markers in hand to make banners for a pre-game rally? And what about many
of our smaller communities where it is still tradition to "paint the
town" prior to Homecoming? Or a PTA committee painting props for the next
school performance?Please go back to committee and work to develop a
better bill that will not criminalize activities that should be legal.
I spoke out publicly against a bill waddoups sponsored by contacting our
representatives by email and he contacted my email server and tried to claim I
was spaming. Of course my email serve took one look at what I was doing and did
not buy his reasoning and I keep my email but it does speak to the real
intentions behind his comment.
Waddoups: People who hide behind the moniker Anonymous "don't have very
much respect from me."Utah public: "Legislators who try to
hide their actions and block freedom of information to the public (read HB477
last year) don't have any respect from citizens."
I read the bill, and the addendums to it. It seems that the state of Utah is in
the process of starting to judge our "intent". if this is the case,
one of my friends, who is an engine rebuilder can get in trouble for buying
spray paint that he uses to paint the engines after he finishes building them.
In doing this, anyone with a grudge against someone else could claim that they
are in violation of this law, and file a complaint. I guess this just goes to
show when someone says "There ought to be a law.." us common folk are
just talking, but members of the legislature can actually make it happen!!