Legislatures at Work



House Bravely Takes No Action at All on Libya

The headline on this New York Times item is "House Sends Obama Message With Libya Votes." That message: "we are completely ineffectual blowhards." First, the House failed to pass Joint Resolution 68, which would have authorized the use of armed force…


Seeking Bipartisanship, Parliament Tries Animal Sacrifice

Well, tripartisanship, anyway. In April, deputies in Kyrgyzstan's parliament participated in a traditional ceremony in which they sacrificed seven sheep in order to drive "evil spirits" out of the chamber. It was hoped that this tradition would win out over another…


Texas Bill Would Legalize Noodling

Good news for noodlers: if a new Texas bill becomes law, it will at last be legal to noodle in that state. Noodling is going on anyway, of course. But noodlers have long wanted equal treatment and a more noodle-friendly…


New Jersey Township Passes Chicken-Sex Rule

In a meeting Monday night, the governing committee of Hopewell Township, New Jersey, finally passed chicken legislation it had been working on for no fewer than three years. Among other things, the measure requires the chickens to practice safe sex….


Florida Teen Claims Baggy Pants Saved Him From a ‘Gator

Here's another public-policy factor that Florida legislators considering a ban on saggy pants need to consider: they may offer a defense against gator attacks. According to WKMG in Orlando, a teenager in St. Petersburg said that he was taking a shortcut…



Facebook: Bad News for Bigamists

Richard Leon Barton Jr., who I knew right away was in trouble because the report used all three of his names, was charged with polygamy recently after his first wife learned he had another one and reported him to the…


Florida Bill Would Make It Illegal to Take a Picture of a Farm

If you enjoy taking pictures of the Florida countryside, you should probably go get it out of your system before July 1. After that date, it may be a felony. State Senator Jim Norman (R-Tampa) recently introduced S.B. 1246, which would make…