Solar dryers and the end of education board?

Posted: 21/04/2009 in Uncategorized
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Maine can be a great state to live in. Can is the catch word of the statement. It isn’t always so great, and as the years go by it is becoming less and less of a great state, and more of a socialist state. The welfare community loves it though. Lots of state jobs pushing the paperwork needed to increase the welfare rolls and suck in the tax dollars faster than we can print them. Lots of laws and regulations too. And of course there are the necessary fees and charges tacked onto the cost of living as well.

The Maine legislature is in session, and I hear they have somewhere around 1700 bills that they need to sift through and either reject or approve. That’s a lot of paper, and I wonder how much of it is really worth the cost. I used to be careful about how I shared some of my views, but I’m not going to bother anymore. It appears as though the government that takes my tax dollars and gives them to lazy people who think the world owes them a widescreen TV and an endless beer supply has labeled me, and others like me as right wing extremists and domestic terrorists. So who cares?

Let’s breeze through the directory of Bills for Maine and see what’s up.

Here’s a great one; LD 11, HP0006

Resolve, To Encourage the Preservation of Dark Skies

Sec. 1. State Planning Office to establish standards. Resolved: That the Executive Department, State Planning Office shall establish uniform state standards for new commercial construction and the lighting of the outside surrounding space to limit light pollution and encourage the preservation of the area’s natural state. The State Planning Office shall present a report with its recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development no later than September 1, 2010.

This is one of Comrade Baldacci’s favorites. Or so I hear. Seems there supposed to figure out a way to keep from polluting the sky with light in new and existing developments in Maine. I can see it now. News reports galore of people being mugged and cars being broken into because the parking lots have become darker, thus developing a breeding ground for easy crime.

This one’s a real chuckle; LD 73, HP0062

An Act To Protect the Right To Use Solar Energy

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §10009  is enacted to read:

§ 10009.  Use of solar collectors and equipment for solar drying of clothing

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a public or private entity, as appropriate, may not adopt or enforce any law, ordinance, bylaw, rule, deed restriction, covenant, declaration, contract or other binding agreement or regulatory measure that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting a person from installing or using solar collectors or clothes lines or other equipment for the solar drying of clothing.

When necessary to protect access to buildings, to protect historic or aesthetic values or to ensure rapid evacuation of buildings in case of fire or other emergency, a public or private entity may use its powers or rights to limit the installation and use of solar collectors or clothes lines or other equipment for the solar drying of clothing by a person if the entity provides the person with alternatives that do not impair the effective installation and use of the solar collectors or clothes lines or other equipment for the solar drying of clothing.

Any provision within a law, ordinance, bylaw, rule, deed restriction, covenant, declaration, contract or other binding agreement or regulatory measure in existence on the effective date of this section that conflicts with this section is void as of the effective date of this section.

In any litigation arising under the provisions of this section, the prevailing party is entitled to costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits restriction by law, ordinance, regulation, deed, covenant or contract on the installation and use of solar collectors, clothes lines and other equipment for the solar drying of clothing.

The bottom line of this little gem is that they want to make it legal to hang your clothes out to dry. Time was, everybody had a clothesline in Maine. Even some of the well to do used them. Them the sorry out of staters started coming in and ruining our high tech solar powered equipment. Blocked the view and detracted from the quality of the neighborhood was the usual claim. So now that worshiping the green devil is the fad of the day they have to pass a law prohibiting landlords and communities from prohibiting a piece of ope from being used to dry clothes. How much time is this consuming?

Or how about this one; LD 1297, HP0900

An Act To Abolish the State Board of Education

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA c. 5,   as amended, is repealed.

Sec. 2. Department of Education to conduct review. The Department of Education shall review the powers and duties of the State Board of Education and the statutory provisions relating to the State Board of Education and prepare legislation to transfer the powers and duties of the State Board of Education to other agencies in anticipation of the dissolution of the State Board of Education. The Department of Education shall submit its report and recommended legislation required by this Act to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 2, 2009. The committee is authorized to introduce a bill related to this report to the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature at the time of submission of the report.

Sec. 3. Effective date. Section 1 of this Act takes effect July 1, 2010.

SUMMARY

This bill dissolves the State Board of Education on July 1, 2010, and directs the Department of Education to study and recommend legislation to transfer the powers and duties of the board to other agencies in anticipation of the dissolution.

We don’t seem to hear much about this one in any of the state papers, at least on the front page. Wondre why? The powers that be want to abolish the State Board of Education, and re-assign their duties and responsibilities to who? Merely to stipulate “other agencies” simply doesn’t cut it. Who are these other agencies?

This bit is from the NASBE :

MAINE LEGISLATION SEEKS TO ABOLISH STATE BOARD — A bill introduced in the Maine legislature would dissolve the State Board of Education as of July 1, 2010. The legislation also directs the state Department of Education to “review the powers and duties of the State Board” and submit its recommendations for transferring the Board’s responsibilities to other agencies to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 2009. So far, the bill has received almost no coverage in the press. NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn said efforts to change governance structures often rise from turf battles, political conflicts, or even old grudges rather than a deliberative process to find a better system. “In an era when Americans are demanding greater transparency in policy and lawmaking, this bill would strip Maine citizens of their representative voice in determining the course of public education,” Welburn said. “And without public engagement in education, no one benefits.”

It’ll be interesting to see what the outcome is. I’m sure we’ll be screwed in one way or another, and our children will be the worse off for it, educationally speaking. Hundreds of these proposed laws are simply ridiculous. They waste our time and money by clogging up an already overworked system. It’s about time our elected representatives eliminate the crap and get down to reducing the size of government, lowering tax dollars and getting back to growing Maine.

The big question is how in the dickens can a part time legislature do an efficient and worthy job if they are mired down in crap that has no business even seeing the light of day? Get a grip people, we do not need to waste the taxpayers money debating clotheslines, and justifying the argument by calling them solar dryers. This is not acceptable. It has to change or we won’t get anywhere.

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