Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Saggy Pants Banned: Overreaching Law?

The fashion police strikes in southerwestern Illinois. Collinsville's city council voted to ban saggy pants and impose criminal penalties for breach. Via the Chicago Tribune:
"The Belleville News-Democrat reports the ordinance forbids pants that ride lower than 3 to 4 inches below the waistline of the underwear. A first offense is punishable with a $100 fine, while a second offense would carry a $300 fine plus 40 hours of community service."

In another example of regulatory overreach at the national level, Congress failed to repeal a new lightbulb law; its first phase comes into effect from "Jan. 1 through 2014, [and] requires bulbs to be 25 to 30 percent more efficient. The second stage could require bulbs to be 60 percent more efficient by 2020. ... The restrictions could eliminate the familiar incandescent bulbs, which have used essentially the same technology since Thomas Alva Edison invented them.
Republicans ... said the new types of bulbs are too expensive. Prices range from about $1.50 for a halogen incandescent to $20 for light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs, which are supposed to last 10 years. Regular bulbs today cost about 35 cents."
More at the NYT's website here.