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As they see it.

"When did our lunch line become a crime scene? I think our children should be learning more of their ABCs and less CSI."

--Iowa Senator Herman Quirmbach to the Sioux City Journal on a proposal to allow the use of fingerprint scanners in school lunch lines.

"They [oil and gas producers] have no friends and we thought we were the appropriate way to help them solve a problem and have some friends."

--Chris Romer, president of Great Education Colorado, to the Denver Post about a proposal to increase by 1 percent the taxes oil and gas producers pay to fund school building and renovations.

"This legislation is bringing in the scales of justice. I hope this bill isn't gutted by the Senate. We would like to fillet the opposition. I'm now trolling for votes."

--Utah Senator Patrice Arent on a legislative blog about a bill to increase the penalty for those who obtain financial information from people by setting up fake Web sites--a practice know as "phishing."

"Are we supposed to swallow this hook, line and sinker?"

--Utah Senator Curt Bramble, in response to Arent.

"I guess the only people who can have it both ways are the people who crafted this bill and the actors in 'Brokeback Mountain.'"

--Mississippi Senator Merle Flowers to the Associated Press about a politically bruising tax battle in the state.

"Governors have persuasive ways."

--Kentucky Representative Steve Nunn to the Associated Press on the possibility of a primary seat-belt bill passing if the governor gets behind it.

"Your tax dollars are being flushed down the toilet."

--Colorado Representative Mark Cloer to the Rocky Mountain News on the practice of disposing of unused pills rather than recycling them.
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