PETOSKEY NEWS -- The Detroit News reports that the Michigan House has adopted a bill requiring online dating services that don't conduct background checks to post disclaimers on their Web sites telling users that they don't do such checks on customers looking for love on their site. The assumption is that somehow Internet dating is more dangerous than other forms of dating. It's frustrating that lawmakers continue to waste the public's time and money trying to put their fingerprints on everything. But there's more to this bill that stinks than that. The person lobbying heavily for the bill, which is awaiting action in the state Senate, is not someone who had a bad Internet dating experience who wants to save others the same fate. Nope. It is the founder of True.com.
Mark Brooks: Will Herb Vest's brilliant lobbying (read, PR) backfire? You've got to love this idea. He's shooting for the soft underbelly of the industry and has actually gotten traction in Michigan and significant interest in five other states. Match.com, response?