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Final Word: Massachusetts passed a good law, but it's sad it made news

I think some congratulations are in order for the Massachusetts State Legislature.

State legislatures are charged with crafting laws to better the lives of the citizens of their states, but so often they seem to spend so much time doing everything but that.

Here in Arizona, we have suffered at the hands of our Legislature this year, with bills to kill Common Core in schools and give hatred for gays the go-ahead in the name of religious liberty. And those were just bills that made it to a vote.

If you could SEE some of the bills that DIDN'T get a hearing. It's like a special-interest Renaissance Festival in January down at 19th Avenue and Washington.

But Thursday, in Massachusetts, lawmakers got down to business and fixed a problem with an existing law.

Back in 2010, police in Boston arrested Michael Robertson. He was caught in the practice of "upskirting". It's just what it sounds like. He was taking cell phone pictures up the skirts of female train riders.

A judge (female, it should be noted) ruled what he was doing was not technically illegal because current law didn't define a person who was wearing clothing as being possibly nude, even if a picture taken was done so from UNDER her clothes.

Sounds stupid, right? That's because it is.

So, in two days, the Massachusetts Legislature drafted a new law. They heard the bill. And passed it. And the governor signed it.

Why is it news when state lawmakers do the right thing? Because it's unusual.

And that's too bad.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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