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Morning Poll: Is Determining Official "State Gun" the Biggest Waste of Lawmakers' Time? Sadly, it's Debatable

Well, they actually did it...

The Arizona Senate yesterday approved a bill that puts the Grand Canyon State one step closer to becoming the first state in the entire union to have its own official state gun (Arizona's currently in a race with Utah for that, ahem, honor).

The Senate voted 18-12 to make the Colt Single-Action Army revolver the gun to represent all Arizonans. The bill now goes to the House, where it will be discussed, and probably passed. Then it's on to Governor Jan Brewer's desk, where a few flicks of Jan's pen will make it the law of the land.

As all this incredibly unimportant political maneuvering is taking place to declare an official state gun (speaking of which, Republican Senator Adam Driggs notes that Colt's lobbyist had advocated for the bill's passage), the state's still looking at a pesky $1.15 billion budget shortfall.

In our humble opinion, until that's sorted out, Arizona can hold off on an official state gun -- and the wasted tax dollars that go with it as the clowns down at the Legislature sort out the specifics -- and focus all of their efforts on getting the state out of the red. Or at least on things that address problems that actually exist.

But a "state gun" is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the river of pointless, strictly symbolic crap that's flowed through the Legislature this year.

Lest we forget the Arizona Senate's resolution to support Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as he dukes it out with labor leaders in a state that borders Canada? How about the abortion bill that's goal is to combat a problem that's only slightly more relevant than increased reports of unicorn attacks? There's always the "Don't Tread on Me" license-plate bill, and the all-important "Birther Bill," which would require candidates for president and vice-president to prove they're U.S. citizens before their names are allowed on the Arizona ballot, despite it's already being a federal requirement for either job. Thankfully, that bill didn't pass, but it was still introduced, discussed, and debated -- all on your dime.

The list goes on and on, but we've narrowed it down to four of the most worthless pieces of legislation -- that address no legitimate problem -- for your consideration for the biggest time-waster of this legislative season.

Cast your vote below, and keep in mind, by even wasting a single breath on most of this crap, your representatives in state government have wasted their time, and infinitely more important, your money.

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James King
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