Saturday, May 18, 2013

What Bills are being passed in Your State?

Do you pay attention to what your state legislature is doing?  Rarely does anyone pay attention to what is going on in their state.  Do you know they pass rates to raise our heat bills in summer and raise rates for our electric bills in winter?  People usually don't even notice it happening.

Where is the news media when this is going on?  Oh, they tell you about it once or twice, but that isn't nearly enough to reach everyone.  Then again who cares about the heat bill when it's 90 degrees out?  Why do you think the utilities companies try to pass rate hikes in the opposite season you're affected by them?  It's because they don't want you to notice.

There was a bill Ameristar and other casinos were trying to get passed in Missouri to extend credit to gamblers while they are at the casino, so they won't have to stop playing when they run out of money.  Fortunately, this bill was voted down this time.  We really need to watch for another bill to be presented because this wasn't the first time the casinos in Missouri tried to pass a similar bill.  They will definitely try again.

Have a nice weekend, and I'll see you again soon. 

Sandra K. Marshall   


Melissa Keir said...

I know that even if they do pass a bill, sometimes there are extra things attached to the bill. It can be so hard to know what is going on with politicians. They seem to have different interests than the rest of us! After all, who else can vote to give themselves a raise!

Marianne Stephens said...

I agree with Melissa and what you said, Sandy.
We have to be vigilant, but that can be hard with "hidden" agendas attached to what we think are "simple" bills.

Sandy said...

Boy, do you have that right, Melissa. The politicians think we don't know about the extra things. Ha!

Sandy said...

Nothing is ever simple, Marianne. It's a shame.