Deminski examines the funniest part of Jersey’s bottle deposit bill
We made Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle's bottle deposit legislation part of the show yesterday. Almost no one was in favor of it with the exception of one caller who thought it would be good for the environment. Our online poll at the time of this writing stands at 88% voting it an 'awful idea.'
Is there a funny side to something as dry as bottle deposit legislation? You bet your six pack there is! In researching the actual bill I came across this hysterical gem. Apparently the assemblywoman believes empty plastic bottles are causing all sorts of carnage. Sheep tripping on empty soda bottles. Cars careening off the road due to an empty water bottle. Pedestrians breaking their necks of an empty Vitamin Water bottle. Check out the highlighted portion of her bill:
"An Act concerning beverage containers, and supplementing P.L.1987, c.102 (C.13:1E-99.11 et al.).
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
- This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Smart Container Act."
- The Legislature finds and declares that litter composed of discarded beverage bottles and cans is a growing problem of public concern and a direct threat to the health and safety of the citizens of this State; that discarded beverage bottles and cans create a hazard to vehicular traffic, a source of physical injury to pedestrians, farm animals and machinery and an unsightly accumulation of litter which must be disposed of at increasing public expense; that beverage bottles and cans also create an unnecessary addition to the State’s already costly "
Man, I had no idea these things were so dangerous! If you want to read the entire bill so you know I'm not making this stuff up, click here. Your tax dollars at work ladies and gentlemen.