Tuesday, February 6, 2007

CT's Diaper Bill

I thought that the Department of Social Services in CT already had services that covers the need to purchase diapers and care for their children. Clients are supposed to get cash assistance to cover basic needs. Then again, aren't diapers available from the New Haven Diaper Bank?

Apparently I am mistaken, and so I guess taxpayers will have one more program to fund this year:
Announcing:
SB 756
AN ACT CONCERNING DIAPERS FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the general statutes be amended to require the Department of Social Services to establish a program with local agencies to provide diapers for children living in poverty.
Introduced by: Sen. Toni Nathaniel Harp, 10th Dist.

First off, Please know I wouldn't begrudge anyone diapers for their baby. This legislation doesn't mention what type of diapers the state would provide. I thought however, that we wanted to stop the growth of landfill sites and promote the usage of cloth diapers. So where are the environmentalists on this proposed legislation? I guess we'll see at the public hearing on 2/8/07.

It seems our legislators are merely reacting to this crime spree that took place because a woman apparently needed diapers for her baby.
As one commenter put it:
If this woman has time to rob a store (where exactly was her baby?), then she can go get a job to support her child (if that's true) like the rest of us.