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No Smokin', No Textin', and No Wastin' Electricity

Dec 26, 2007

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Sarah Handel

Ready to ring in the new year with new laws in your state? What are you looking forward to? I, for one, am eagerly anticipating the statewide smoking ban set to go into effect in February in Maryland. Goodbye, "going out jeans" — you know the ones you turn to when headed to a smoky restaurant or bar, but try not to wear to work because of their pervasive odor? Marylanders will get to wash those jeans once more and return them to daytime rotation. Smokers, however, probably aren't celebrating with me on that one. A new law I hope comes soon to a legislature near me is the texting-while-driving ban in Washington state. Someone, please, save me from myself on this one. I abide by the DC hands-free law, but have been known to text-while-driving in surrounding states... horrible, and dangerous, I know*. Also, Illinois has a law set to mandate the use of energy efficient light bulbs in large, state-owned or leased buildings. Wouldn't hurt for me to put that one in to effect at home...

*In my weak defense, I keep my eyes on the road and a hand on the wheel... which probably defeats the purpose of the text nine times out of ten as I send illegible messages to the wrong people.

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