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State Senate Voting on Butts Bill

Senator Carolyn Tomei has introduced a new bill to the Oregon Senate Tuesday proposing  a law that would make cigarette butt littering illegal. The law is proposing a fine of $90 dollars and possibly 60 days of community service.

Opponents are calling it a waste of time, and I have to agree. Oregon is going through its worst unemployment rating in twenty years and a budget crisis that will lead to state agencies being cut by 20% .  It seems the Oregon government is more into pet projects than helping out our failing economy.

  1. George W. says:

    Above is really cute stuff – Had to come from the minds of college age people. I reviewed one that kinda hit the nail on the head – Salem is only into one thing, themselves! Yeah, true enough.

    After you college kids have lived on this good earth for over 66 years like myself – You can then give experienced, thoughtful opinion to issues. Think about it.

    Go Duck!!!

  2. Sakaki says:

    With their little toes. It’d put those god-forsaken wastes of space to work.

  3. nike urbanism duk says:

    The solution at Lillis is to remove all the bark dust and make it entirely cig butts. Then nobody will notice. Just like how Nike grinds up shoes and makes basketball courts. That would keep the cigs out of the landfills. Former OSPIGGlets can remove the bark chips one by one.

  4. Josh M. says:

    Does anyone else remember when the government and Smokey Bear told us all to smash our butts on the ground when we finished with a cigarette? I guess they just don’t care about forest fires anymore.

  5. Andrew says:

    First of all, Sakaki, Jason Atkinson is only the answer to telling you how awesome Jason Atkinson is and following it up with a bunch of vacuous catchphrases that mean nothing.

    As for the butt littering, we went and did a cigarette butt cleanup during Earth Week and it was pretty eye-opening. Those brick planters in front of Lillis were pretty much 50-50 bark chips and cigarette butts.

    What was really bad was the fact that surrounding every smoking station was a ring of cigarette butts thrown on the ground. Seriously?! If you’re too lazy or punk rock to reach the extra half-foot to put it in the proper receptacle, you probably need a ticket to shake you out of some nasty rut.

  6. Sakaki says:

    You’ve been asleep for so long, Sean…

  7. Sean says:

    Wait, I didn’t know we were in Singapore.

  8. nike urbanism duk says:

    Let us cut to the chase and change it to mandatory Tasering for anyone who litters. And if you spit on the ground you get an arm hacked off. If we start executing people for minor things then the organ donor industry will be revitalized. It is all about recycling and helping the economy.

  9. C.T. Behemoth says:

    “Why aren

  10. Sakaki says:

    This is the reason why someone different needs to be elected as governor in 2010.

    Jason Atkinson, everyone. He’s the answer to eliminating this type of wasteful legislation, as well as getting jobs back into Oregon.

  11. Vincent says:

    Why aren’t progressives screaming about this being a “war on the poor”?

  12. Ben Maras says:

    That would be assuming that the law were even remotely enforceable. For much the same reason that tailgating has been illegal for some time, but up until recently wasn’t enforced — the technology didn’t exist to allow a cop to issue a citation based on anything more than subjective observations.

    Now, I’m all for people dragging their lazy butts over to the trash can (which you’re right, is everywhere), but the bill specifies that they mean a fireproof container “that was specifically designed for the disposal of cigarettes or cigars.” If there’s one thing high school taught us all, it’s that trash cans aren’t fireproof.

    What that boils down to is that someone is going to have to fork over the money for those rubber obelisks (that so ironically seem to frequently be on fire), if they’re going to be as plentiful as garbage cans. Even if the butt has been properly extinguished and there is no flaming rubber phallus nearby to stick it in, there’s still a hefty fine (or community service) for you.

  13. Rockne Andrew Roll says:

    State Government is into one thing and one thing only: itself.

  14. Suzi says:

    $90 per cigarette butt dropped could raise a substantial amount of money in an economy where we obviously need all we can get.

    Fun Fact: Last year, in one day, students picked up 18,000 cigarette butts on campus.

    How would it hurt, anyway? There are garbage cans all over, it’s not that hard.

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