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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

May 14, 2011

Fish Tales

There is a republican super majority in the Texas Legislature this session and a lot of big ticket items on the agenda including balancing the State budget. But let's talk instead about House Bill 1806 which did make it through the Legislature this session and was sent to Governor Perry's desk where he will surely add his signature making it a felony in the third degree to falsely represent the length, weight, or catch location of your fish. To be fair, the third degree felony only applies if the prize purse is $10,000 or greater. For lesser tournament prizes, lying is only considered a Class A Misdemeanor. Still think this is extreme? I don't think so.  What other recourse do you have when shouts of "liar liar pants on fire" or "cheater cheater pumpkin eater" no longer shame the offender into confession or withdrawal?

On another note, Texas lawmakers are also considering a bill that would allow Hunting by Helicopter to address the issue of feral hogs. Granted, the hog population is out of control. And, they do a lot of damage. And, the bill was thoughtful enough to add a provision that limited hunting by helicopter to rural areas. Hunting by helicopter in urban areas will not be tolerated. I wonder what the punishment is for hunting by helicopter in urban areas? Considering the penalty for falsifying fish facts could be up to 10 years in prison, this might lead to death row.  But my real question about this bill is this... Was this illegal in the first place? Do you need a law to legalize something that isn't illegal? Or was this simply a reversal of a past lawmaking action? If so, it was probably passed by democrats who most certainly had Vegan children.

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