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Regulation Roundup

Yet another batch of regulatory bloopers:

  • Motorists entering Tacoma, Washington with criminal intent are required to telephone the chief of police.
  • It is illegal to catch fish with your bare hands in Kansas.
  • It is illegal for a man to curse in front of a woman in Nebraska. Women can cuss away, though.
  • Turtle racing is illegal in Key West, Florida.
  • You can’t play checkers in public in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
  • In Hartford, Connecticut, you may not cross a street while walking on your hands. Feet only, please.
  • The U.S. Code requires the federal government to employ a Construction Metrication Ombudsman. His job is to encourage federal contractors to use the metric system.
  • Don’t ride your bicycle faster than 65 mph in Danbury, Connecticut. You could be arrested.

Regulation Roundup

Enjoy a fresh batch of regulatory bloopers:

  • In Belvedere, California, “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.” Think about that for a minute.
  • It is against the law to eat more than three sandwiches at a wake in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Tennessee law specifically forbids catching fish with a lasso.
  • It is illegal for St. Louis, Missouri firefighters to rescue a woman if she is wearing a nightgown.
  • In Providence, Rhode Island, drugstores are allowed to sell toothpaste on Sundays, but not toothbrushes.
  • In Ohio, it is illegal for donkey riders to go faster than 6 miles per hour.
  • In Tennessee, it is illegal to buy or sell cotton after dark.
  • It is illegal to slurp your soup in New Jersey restaurants. You can be arrested, fined, and even jailed.

Regulation of the Day 178: Helping Tornado Victims

Mike Haege owns a tree-trimming business in Hastings, Minnesota. After a tornado hit northern Minneapolis, he decided to help out. On May 23, the day after the tornado, he signed up as a volunteer and brought some equipment to help people without insurance to dig out from the damage. Mike and his fellow volunteers removed fallen or damaged trees from driveways and doorways, all free of charge. He probably made a lot of friends that day.

Regulators were not among them. While he is licensed to work in many Minneapolis-area cities, he isn’t licensed in Minneapolis proper. So they kicked him out of the city. The Hastings Star Gazette reports:

The inspector told him to get out of the city, so Haege left with the volunteer. As they were on their way back to the volunteer area, residents waved down Haege, pleading for help. He pulled over and helped get a tree out of the way for them.

Haege had no idea police officers were behind him in a sort of unofficial escort out of town. He said they stopped traffic for about two hours while they figured out what to do with him. At one point, officers threatened to throw him in jail, he said.

All the while, residents continued defending him, screaming in his defense.

Officers told him to leave. They told him he was going to receive a “hefty fine” in the mail, and that if he stopped on the way out, the fine would be doubled.

True to their word, Mike later received a $275 fine in the mail.

Volunteer today!

Friday Regulation Roundup

Some of the stranger governmental goings-on I’ve dug up recently:

-Since 1960, it has been illegal to fly a kite in Schaumburg, Illinois.

-If you are a tree in need of help, the federal government has a Tree Assistance Program.

$18,881 of stimulus money spent on a single sign in Wyoming.

-Concerned about your fecundity? Consult the federal government’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.

-Northern Arizona University spends $75,000 in stimulus funds to install electronic sensors to see if students skip class.  (hat tip to The Wall Street Journal‘s Kim Schatz)

-In Alabama, it is against the law to sell artificially colored potatoes.

-Need help with your math homework? Consult the government’s North American Numbering Council.

-In Yukon, Oklahoma, it is illegal for a patient to pull a dentist’s tooth.