State Senator Mike “Fists Of Fury” Jacobs is proposing a mandate that would require service stations to provide “at least two fueling stations with a calling device that allows disabled customers to call into the store for assistance with getting fuel…Such a law would eliminate the need for disabled motorists to honk their horns or devise other ways to get an employee’s attention for help…”
Is this “mandate” really necessary? Has honking a car horn become so burdensome that more costs must be added to the price of gas, which is already higher than neighboring states? Where will this special treatment end? Braille for the blind at gas pumps? Counselors mandated at each gas station for the mentally ill who might take their anger issues out on high gas prices by attacking the gas pumps or employees? Credit counselors mandated at each gas station to help those unable to manage their finances who are forced to drive off without paying for gas? What’s the limit on this niche legislation? IS there a limit in nanny states like Illinois?
Here’s a novel Back To The Future solution all liberals should love; bring back the gas station attendants who used to race out to your car to fill your tank, check your oil and wash your windshields. The minimum wage required to hire such an attendant would certainly be cheaper than retooling gas pumps. It would certainly help with the jobs problem Democrats have.
In other Pander Bear news, 72nd District state Rep. Pat Verschoore co-sponsored a bill which was signed into law by Three County Quinn (Public Act 097-0077) which “bars utility companies from disconnecting service to any residential customer—between December 1 through March 31—who has reported their status as a service member or veteran to the utility provider.”
That’s nice, but why stop at just veterans? Black people have been downtrodden and the victims of slavery, so why not give them a partial payment on reparations by allowing their utilities not to be disconnected for non-payment? What about the disabled? The sick? What about public employee union members—haven’t they sacrificed for their government too?
Did Mike Jacobs vote for this? Wouldn’t this hurt his daddy’s ComEd lobbying client?
Obviously the hacks and dullards in Springfield have way too much time on their hands if they are able to cook up narrow interest legislation like the two examples above.
But hey, how’s that public employee pension “reform” coming along?