Friday, August 30, 2013

Speechless

 ....and just when I was thinking that the anti-smoking zealots had reached the pinnacle of wanton madness and cruelty in their crusade against smokers, I stumbled across this article from my home state of Illinois.

According to the article, a 3rd conviction (err...for tossing a cigarette butt) would equate to a class 4 FELONY offense, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and no less than 1 YEAR (& not more than 3) in Jail!

There are some questions that residents of Illinois should be asking:

1) Who the hell drafted up such a draconian law and who paid them to do it?

2) Who voted for this atrocity?

3) Does the punishment fit the crime?

4) Do we still live in the United States of America?

5) Don't we already have plenty of non-violent "offenders" inhabiting our broke, over-crowded, and (often) corrupt prison industrial complex system, thanks in no small part to our failed war on drugs poor people?

6) Why have the holy and pious do-gooders of health and justice dutifully removed what was once known as the near-ubiquitous public ashtray?

7) Is it likewise a felony to drop a gum wrapper after a third offense? If not, then doesn't this draconian legislation position itself in direct conflict with the principles of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution? ....and what of the 8th Amendment? Do we even have a Constitution anymore?

8) What is going on in the minds of our elected officials? Have they gone insane?

9) Don't (I apologize for the redundancy) we already have laws on the books pertaining to litter?

Do read the article...just make sure that you're sitting down first.

A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years according to the Rockford Register Star.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years according to the Rockford Register Star.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
Tossing Used Cigarette Butts On The Ground Now Illegal In Illinois
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Tossing Used Cigarette Butts On The Ground Now Illegal In Illinois
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A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years according to the Rockford Register Star.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99
A first time conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine not exceeding $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor with fine not exceeding $1,500. Third or subsequent convictions? That’s a class 4 felony, punishable by a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment not less than one year and not more than three years according to the Rockford Register Star.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927636/tossing-used-cigarette-butts-on-the-ground-now-illegal-in-illinois/#isl2G80TkE2LvR1V.99 Tossing Used Cigarette Butts On The Ground Now Illegal In Illinois

2 comments:

  1. Easy enough to find out who voted for it. Usually available on line at the legislature's website or under the bill number. Then, what to do with the info. Anything from work against their reelection, to sending them petitions asking the rest of your questions, or just sending them (having a lot of people send them) all the butts that they didn't drop; on the street since they didn't know what else to do with them,

    More seriously, I do think, on the grounds you state above, that you do have a basis for a law suit on constitutional grounds, You might want to see if some Libertarian think tank would like to take it on. Or at least give you free advice on how to do it yourself.

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    1. Thanks for the advice. I should have stated more clearly that Illinois is my home state in the sense that that is where I was born and raised. I have since lived in California and now reside in New Orleans. Therefore, I would not be able to challenge the law as a resident of Illinois. I do believe, however, that someone should challenge this atrocious (& I am not suggesting that littering is ok, but that is beside the point) piece of legislation. My family is still there, and who knows, I may return someday. I do visit often.

      Contacting a Libertarian think tank is a good idea though...Do you know anyone who works for one?

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