It looks like Colorado elected representatives may be getting more daft and out-of-touch ... believe it or not.
In today's Rocky Mountain News we learn that a state house Dimocrat from Westminster thinks that Fluffy asleep on the window sill is worthy of being subject to state law.
First of all, pet control like this is clearly a local issue. Second, there is evidence that RFID implants in pets may cause cancer. Third, cats are not dogs, they don't wander around in the same manner -- I don't need Rep. Peniston telling me what to do with my cat. Fourth, is Peniston so desperate to introduce a bill that she has to become the nanny to every tabby in Colorado?
And politicians wonder why the electorate has contempt for so many of them.
Yes, Colorado legislators will be knee-deep in job-creation and road-funding bills by mid-session. But they also will have to decide whether all of Colorado's urban cats need identification.
Rep. Cherylin Peniston, D-Westminster, submitted a bill this week that would require owners of any cat four months or older to put a name tag on the feline or an ID chip in it. She authored House Bill 1019 after learning that lost dogs, which typically are tagged, are returned at a much higher rate to owners than lost cats.
"This is to say to pet owners that we value our cats just as much as we value our dogs," Peniston said of the bill that would apply to cats in areas where the population is more than 100,000.
Her measure is one of several among the 146 bills submitted during the first two days of the legislative session on subjects that haven't dominated water-cooler talk but tug at peoples' passions.