Legislators, desirous to make a name for themselves, love to come up with trendy new laws that sound good, but exist only to hamper freedom without a basis in science. No, I'm not talking about Global Warming, but cell phone use. Yes, those awful cell phones are rotting your brain or at least should come with a warning saying pretty much that.
AUGUSTA, Maine – A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim.
And she comes from Sanford (well Maine, but still.)
Maine Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, said numerous studies point to the cancer risk, and she has persuaded legislative leaders to allow her proposal to come up for discussion during the 2010 session that begins in January, a session usually reserved for emergency and governors' bills. Boland herself uses a cell phone, but with a speaker to keep the phone away from her head. She also leaves the phone off unless she's expecting a call. At issue is radiation emitted by all cell phones.
Maybe we'll see such interesting activity in our GA this year.