We had about 500 dumb laws passed this year alone by the legislature.
Great article! It should have been published BEFORE the legislature went into
session.I would propose a rule that whenever the legislature makes a
new law they have to get rid of an old one. Searching for laws that have lost
their meaning or value would be one of the more useful activities a legislator
Permit Requirements for Rain Dances and other Weather Modifications probably
evolved from claims of some practitioners in the late 1800's that certain
rituals could also move clouds, thereby "stealing" rain for a client
from an adjacent farmer. History books documenting these practices and others
have no doubt been removed from school libraries, probably due to other
"Politically Incorrect" viewpoints.
At one point it was a violation of EPA regulations to allow an animal, raised in
captivity, to defecate in a river or stream. Since most fish are raised in a
hatchery, it was illegal for a hatchery fish to go potty in a river.
Often, the "silly" laws are based on a broad reading of the terms used,
and are not actually on the books. For example, according to a broad reading of
a local ordinance, it is illegal to push a baby carriage full of manure in a
public park. That language does not exist, but there is a prohibition against
brining animal waste (ie, manure) into a park. The definitions of
"conveyance" include such things as bicycles, wagons, drays, and
perambulators (ie, baby carriages). You may bring a baby carriage into a public
park, but you may not bring animal waste. Hence, you may not push a baby
carriage full of manure in a public park.Makes sense when you think
of the implications.
Can we get rid of this motor permit or registration on single person pontoon and
It's easy to find odd laws on the books. During my tenure as a paralegal in
Washington, I found laws and ordinances (since repealed) imposing a $20 fine
for selling poisoned biscuits, making it a misdemeanor to throw a snowball at a
person, and requiring all bicycles to have fenders and a kickstand. One of my
favorites was a section of the United States Code Title 18 making it a felony to
correspond with a pirate.
Probably intended to discourage fishing with sticks of dynamite or hand
grenades."You gonna fish or just BS ??", said Bubba, while handing
the F&G Warden a lit stick.