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Another bill has been tossed into the legislative hopper by Council Member Garrett Dennis, who has gained a reputation for championing utterly useless ideas.

Apparently there has been an overlooked outbreak of people beating children in City Hall, because Dennis wants to declare it a “No Hit Zone.”

It is a resolution, which means it has no force of law. But it would make the City Council look pretty silly if it were approved, and it will waste a lot of time, effort and paper, which – as liberals constantly remind us – comes from the priceless trees in our forests.

But Dennis would declare City Hall a No Hit Zone, which he defines as “an area in which no adult shall hit another adult, no adult shall hit a child, no child shall hit an adult and no child shall hit another child.”

For the record, it already is unlawful for someone to hit someone else. Even in City Hall, where there are some people who perhaps deserve to be hit.

But Dennis would not stop there.

He wants signs put up in the building, to warn people not to hit people, and training for city employees in how not to hit someone else.

The resolution “urges” the administration to “roll out a pilot program within six months that would run for one year and then to issue a report summarizing the findings and data collected, then submit it to the council.

What data? The number of people hit and the injuries they suffered?

Eye on Jacksonville checked the calendar. It is not anywhere near April Fool’s Day yet, so we have no idea what prompted this particular flight of legislative fancy.

Apparently, there are no serious problems left for the council to address. Or, Dennis has way too much time on his hands.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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