Ken Schram: When did lawmakers become our nannies?

Because it's the right thing to do doesn't mean there should be a law to make people do it.

The state Legislature is once again puttering around with the idea of making it illegal to smoke in a car if there are children in it.

The bill making its way in the state Senate would make it a secondary traffic offense to smoke in a vehicle if anyone under 18 is with you.

That means police would have to find another reason to pull you over besides seeing you with a cigarette dangling from your lips.

When did we get to the point that lawmakers felt it was their job to usurp common sense with legislation?

At what time did they erase the boundary between having people make good decisions and wrapping the long arm of the law around our throats?

Yes, second-hand smoke is a serious health issue.

Yes, adults should not be so ignorant and irresponsible as to expose kids to second-hand smoke.

But do we need a nanny law for every stupid thing that people do?

Heck, let's make it illegal to smoke in a home where there are kids.

Let's make it illegal for parents to feed chubby kids chips and dip and Captain Crunch.

Or maybe - just maybe - lawmakers should just quit trying to be our mommies and daddies.


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