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Virginia's Funniest Legislating of 2009: Excerpts and Links

Saturday, February 28, 2009 2:41 PM

Excerpts from and links to some of the more amusing bills from the the Virginia General Assembly's 2009 session.

The Clothesline Defense

" 'Wind energy drying device' means any device, such as a clothesline, or any combination of devices, that uses naturally occurring wind to dry clothes, linens, or other fabrics. ...

"Effective July 1, 2009, no community association shall prohibit an owner from installing or using a wind energy drying device on that owner's property. However, a community association may establish reasonable restrictions concerning the size, place, and manner of placement of such wind energy drying device."

Read the full text of Senate Bill 1065

Turtle Power

"Whereas the Eastern Box Turtle is an amazingly versatile animal that inhabits a wide variety of habitats in Virginia ranging from wooded swamps to dry, grassy fields; and

"Whereas, living up to over 100 years, these turtles are some of the longest lived and slowest reproducing species in the world; and

"Whereas, the Eastern Box Turtle is a most useful creature serving to control harmful insects and acting as one of nature's clean-up crew helping to preserve the purity and beauty of Virginia's waters..."

Read the full text of Senate Bill 1504, which also lists of Virginia's many official emblems and designations.

Lighters in Disguise

"A. Any person who sells to, distributes to, purchases for, or knowingly permits the purchase by any person less than 18 years of age, knowing or having reason to believe that such person is less than 18 years of age, any cigarette lighter that is not readily identifiable as such, is subject to a fine of no more than $100.

"B. Any person less than 18 years of age who attempts to purchase a cigarette lighter that is not readily identifiable as such is subject to a fine of no more than $100."

Read the full text of House Bill 2054.

Segways and Mopeds Exit Here

"Operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices, electrically powered toy vehicles, bicycles and electric power-assisted bicycles is prohibited on any (i) Interstate Highway System component, (ii) other limited access highway, and (iii) highway where the Commonwealth Transportation Board has prohibited their operation in the interest of safety and such prohibition is indicated by conspicuous signs posted by the Department of Transportation....

"C. Operation of mopeds is prohibited on any (i) Interstate Highway System component, (ii) other limited access highway, and (iii) highway where the Commonwealth Transportation Board has prohibited their operation in the interest of safety and such prohibition is indicated by conspicuous signs posted by the Department of Transportation."

Read the full text of House Bill 2008.

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