It’s always interesting to see these quirky new laws going into effect across numerous states for the month of July, and credit goes to CNN for taking the time to locate them.
We begin with Kentucky who tell residents who buy “Prisoner of War” and “Missing in Action” flags for public display to make sure they are made in the United States or face a fine.
New Mexico stores and restaurants are not allowed to claim their fresh chili peppers are New Mexico chilies unless they were grown in the state itself.
Elsewhere, Georgian drivers now have the option of affixing a decal with the slogan “In God We Trust” on license plates, in place of the county where they live (no word on other deities) and Floridians are forbidden from shackling women who are incarcerated during a pregnancy or who have very recently given birth. Oh, and folks in Kentucky are now prohibited from releasing feral hogs into the wild.
New York City cab drivers can charge sick passengers a $50 vomit cleanup fee, but that law is common in Britain and other countries.
A new Massachusetts law now bans the disposal of medical sharps (needles, syringes and so forth) in the household trash because they might stick the workers who collect the garbage.
The Inquisitor reports that the halfway point of 2012 signals the start of new laws across the United States, but none of these have anything on a selection of quirky laws uncovered in Britain’s statute books a few years back: these included taxi drivers being required to ask all passengers if they have smallpox or the plague, and any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end being sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks.
These laws only get better with time.