There isn’t even an election for their seats this year, yet Frankfort’s politicians — especially those in the House — remain committed to filing frivolous bills during the beginning of the legislative session while avoiding addressing the tough issues.
Take, for example, House Bill 65, which would ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 18 years of age. The bill, filed by Rep. Danny Ford, R-Mt. Vernon, has been introduced to the Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee.
Ford tried, but failed, in the past to get support for such legislation. Apparently he once again is emboldened now that the Food and Drug Administration has banned alcoholic energy drinks.
There have been a few cases of alcoholic poisoning across the country. But does this justify banning all energy drinks to all minors, the vast majority of whom drink them in moderation?
An Energy Fiend blogger wrote: “I fail to see the logic here and it amazes me how some people can be elected to government when they don’t seem to have a shred of common sense or reason.”
Since Ford and other Republicans who continue to waste taxpayers’ time and money on frivolous legislation that chips away at our individual liberties and choices — even after what happened in the November elections — perhaps a Democratic lawmaker would introduce a bill banning politicians displaying such disregard for a free society from the Capitol grounds in Frankfort.
The Energy Fiend blog offers you some direction if you want to take action:
“If you love energy drinks and are one of the vast majority who drink them in moderation, perhaps you should take some action and write your congressmen. Stop big government from legislating your freedoms away.”
Reach Rep. Ford at (502) 564-5855 or Danny.Ford@lrc.ky.gov. His office is in room 414 of the Capitol Annex.