Think there 'Oughta be a Law'?

Here's your chance

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is inviting California residents to submit ideas for state legislation in his 10th annual "There Oughta Be A Law" contest. Proposals to repeal or modify a law are also accepted. Deadline for entries is Nov. 1.

In the past nine years, 16 of the winning ideas have become law, Sen. Simitian said.

Winners will have their bills introduced as legislation, and will have an opportunity to testify at a hearing in Sacramento. In addition, the winner will have lunch with Sen. Simitian and receive a California state flag that has flown over the Capitol.

"Most importantly, winners stand a good chance of seeing their ideas become law for more than 38 million Californians," Sen. Simitian added.

In the past, winners have ranged from nurses to high school students, and laws have been enacted regarding topics such as drunken driving, environmental quality, and child safety, he said.

Go to to submit your idea online, or call 688-6384 to request an entry form.

-- Samantha Bergeson

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Joe Simitian would deserve more respect if his contest was "There Ought Not Be a Law" to propose the abolition of ridiculous and unneeded statutes.

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Posted by Poster
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm

As the story says: Proposals to repeal or modify a law are also accepted.

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