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By Which State Lawmakers Serve The Voters

June 28, 1999

As July rolls around, a variety of new laws will take effect in states:

  • South Carolina will outlaw the sale of urine and it is declaring the spotted salamander the official state amphibian.
  • Idaho will rescind a $1,000 limit on awards for charity rubber-duck races.
  • In Louisiana, a new law requires students in kindergarten through fifth grade to address teachers with a courtesy title, such as "sir" or "ma'am."
  • New Mexico will have an official state question: "Red or Green?" -- to determine which type of chili sauce diners prefer.

Indiana and Tennessee have new laws that require parental consent for to have their bodies pierced. Tennessee also requires consent to tattoos.

  • Legislators in Kansas -- which heavily enforced prohibition until 1948 -- has decided to allow the consumption of alcohol in the state capitol building on New Year's Eve.
  • Georgia will allow breast-feeding a baby in public, provided the mother "acts in a discreet and modest way."
  • Washington state will outlaw lying by politicians in campaign ads.
  • The Hula -- once banned by missionaries as a "heathen practice" -- will become the official state dance of Hawaii.

Source: Paul Haven, "New Statutes Affect, Protect Children," Washington Times, June 28, 1999.


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