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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

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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