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Strange Legislature Tricks

So…we’re ban­ning phos­pho­rus.  In dish­washer detergent…which the dish­washer deter­gent com­pa­nies were slow­ing get­ting rid of anyway.

Yeah, I guess that makes log­i­cal sense on Planet Madison.

House­hold dish­washer deter­gent that con­tains phos­pho­rus would be banned Wis­con­sin, under a bill that is poised to pass the Assembly.

Excess phos­pho­rus leads to weed and algae growth that’s degrad­ing the qual­ity of our lakes and streams,” bill author Rep. Spencer Black (D-Madison) said Tues­day. “Peo­ple don’t come to enjoy our lakes and rivers if they’re fouled with weeds and algae.”

The bill has the sup­port of the Wis­con­sin League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers and the Soap and Deter­gent Asso­ci­a­tion, a trade orga­ni­za­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., that rep­re­sents soap manufacturers.

If it becomes law, the mea­sure would take effect in July 2010, when the soap and deter­gent indus­try is already plan­ning to make non-phosphorus prod­ucts widely avail­able, said Den­nis Griesing, vice pres­i­dent of gov­ern­ment affairs for the Soap and Deter­gent Association.

Fif­teen states have such laws in place already, he said.

Jen­nifer Giegerich, Capi­tol liai­son for the Wis­con­sin League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers, said the prod­ucts are chang­ing because enough states are tak­ing action to limit the use of phosphorus.

Why not join that band­wagon, since it is an issue that we know is a prob­lem for Wis­con­sin?” Giegerich said. “The more states that do it, the more that it’s likely the man­u­fac­tures just phase it out all together.”

I wrote in April a post about what’s hap­pened in Wash­ing­ton State did the same thing ear­lier this year around the Spokane area (the entire state enacts its own ban next year).  The peo­ple of Spokane found that the phosphorus-free deter­gent wasn’t clean­ing their dishes as well as the ‘nasty stuff,’ so they’d head in the car and travel to neigh­bor­ing Ore­gon which hadn’t enacted a ban on phos­pho­rus deter­gent and buy out stores in bor­der towns.

It was a lot like the old Oleo runs. (Kids, ask your parents.)

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  • http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/ cap­per

    Peo­ple always have trou­ble with change, but they do adapt. Hence your need to tell the young’uns to ask about the oleo runs.

    On a inter­est­ing side note, they also put phos­pho­rus in laun­dry deter­gent. It didn’t get the clothes any cleaner, but it gave that appear­ance due to phos­pho­rus reflect­ing light bet­ter. Seri­ous deer hunters hate it and won’t use it on their clothes.

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  • kev­in­bin­ver­sie

    It’s about gov­ern­ment man­dates Chris; and inter­fer­ence of what’s nat­u­rally occur­ring the free mar­ket. You know, things most polling shows the Amer­i­can peo­ple hate.

    Hey, if Cas­cade and Jet Dry can get the job done w/o the phos­phates, more power to them. Just don’t force it on me, ‘kay?

  • http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/ cap­per

    Sorta like CCW laws? If the other states can do it w/out more mass mur­ders, more power to them, just don’t force it on us. Right?

  • http://norunnyeggs.com/ steveegg

    Cap­per, unlike phosphate-free deter­gent, which the gang in Madi­son wants to force down all our throats with no legal alter­na­tive, nobody is forc­ing you to carry a gun with CCW. In fact, I’ll argue that the pro­hi­bi­tion against CCW is more like man­dat­ing phosphate-free detergent.

  • http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/ cap­per

    That last state­ment would only be true if there was a major­ity sup­port for it. I doubt that is true.

  • http://norunnyeggs.com/ steveegg

    That’s funny — I seem to recall the gun-rights amend­ment pass­ing with a major­ity vote. Some­thing tells me that an explicit CCW law would get the sup­port of the major­ity of peo­ple in Wisconsin.

  • http://norunnyeggs.com/ steveegg

    That’s funny — I seem to recall the gun-rights amend­ment pass­ing with a major­ity vote. Some­thing tells me that an explicit CCW law would get the sup­port of the major­ity of peo­ple in Wisconsin.