It's a rite of spring: birds chirp, flowers bloom, and state lawmakers start killing all remaining pieces of progressive legislation. The sponsors have been writhing in agony all session with their bills languishing in committee. Against the odds, they hope they might persuade at least a few of the legislature's many knuckle-draggers to vote yes. It never happens.
This morning, the House Agriculture Committee struck down Rep. Janis Sontany's bill to make cruelty to farm animals a felony instead of a misdemeanor, just like cruelty to pets like cats and dogs. Despite a mighty Scene crusade in favor of this bill, Sontany couldn't even coax a motion for passage out of this committee of hillbillies, much less a second. Our influence over public affairs is overwhelming, isn't it?
The Farm Bureau hated this bill, and the legislature is the lapdog of the Farm Bureau. (No pun intended.) Recall that last week, the committee's Frank Niceley suggested that to stop the suffering of horses, we should eat them.