Rare tragedies don't make good laws

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 13, 2011 - 7:14 PM
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ammunraJul. 14, 11 2:16 AM

"As much as we'd like to, we cannot legislate away all human tragedy, any more than we can legislate away all risk." -- Or human stupidity.

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hillbloomsJul. 14, 11 9:55 AM

Good piece. Too often legislators are persuaded to enact legislation based on the exception rather than the rule. Another example is the over-the-top security at Henn County Govt Center. Can't bring in a nail clipper, for heaven's sakes. Maybe all lawmakers should go to Policy 101 where they would learn those basic rules. The other big mistake is how often decision makers throw good money after bad because they don't understand that "sunk costs don't count."

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polaricecapJul. 14, 11 5:16 PM

Its about time! Thanks for the article Gail, Minnesota is the home of Laws for the Exception Tragedy and legislators believe they are "Champions for the Cause" by proposing them. Most are a drain and a burden.

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drdingbatJul. 14, 11 7:02 PM

Amen! Minnesota is just one example of a state where one tragic death results in a law that might provide some relief to the parents, who are usually responsible, by saying that "if only there was a law little Billy would still be alive". In some cases it comes with great cost to society with no benefit. One must ask themselves, if this law is passed, what will change five years from now. If the answer is nothing, it is a bad law.

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mktagrrlJul. 16, 11 9:43 AM

I hope Amy Klobuchar reads this. She is the queen of these kinds of laws.

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