In February, Senator Ira Silverstein introduced a bill that would require website administrators to remove posts by anonymous commenters upon request. Comments would only be protected if IP address was posted, along with the commenter's real name and home address. Seriously.
The senator withdrew that bill, but according to this report, he followed up with another troubling proposal:
The bill that would boot a person’s vehicle if they have any debt owed to the city of Chicago and other municipalities–- such as water bills or traffic tickets, among others, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.If the person does not pay their bill within 24 hours after a judgment, the individual's car could be auctioned off. Any money made from the auction would go toward paying off whatever debt the person owes, the publication reported.Current law states that only vehicles with traffic or parking violations may be booted under certain conditions. In those instances, the vehicle can only be auctioned off after 21 days.Silverstein said he “introduced the bill at the request of a lobbyist friend whose clients include a law firm with a large collection practice,” Crain’s Chicago reported.He's taking his cue from people who run collections practices?
I wasn't able to find out if this bill has been withdrawn, but I don't imagine it will go anywhere. Not that our general assembly is known for its collective wisdom, but I can't believe that Silverstein, a Democrat, could persuade 50% of his fellow legislators to support this bill.
Republican State Senator Kirk Dillard called the proposal, "over the top."
That's the understatement of the year.