New Jersey state legislators, who saw the wisdom in repealing laws that were antiquated or served no purpose, were rewarded when their bill was signed into law in November.
Among the state statutes that were repealed by the legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Joseph Lagana and Tim Eustace were the following:
- Yielding a party phone line in an emergency.
- Permitting a stallion to run at large (with similar laws pertaining to bulls and rams).
- Sale of spray paint without a posted sign warning juveniles of the penalty for graffiti.
- Appointment of pursuers of thieves by a private detective association.
- Delay or detainment of a homing pigeon.
- Transportation of infected persons and items by common carriers.
- Separation of debtors and criminals in prison.
- County hospitals for communicable diseases (a similar law for municipal hospitals).
- The Unfair Cigarette Sales Act of 1948.
- Occupations forbidden persons infected with venereal disease.
- Examination of presumed typhoid carriers and involuntary commitment of confirmed carriers.
There are others, but you get the idea. There are many important matters for state legislators to consider now and in the future, but it doesn't hurt to look back and remove statutes that no longer apply. The idea that someone can get caught up in some antiquated law that no longer makes sense should be repugnant to every citizen. And, while they are at it, it's not a bad idea to look at some more recent laws that don't make a lot of sense either. I can think of few and I'll bet you can, too.
Beau Weisman, Editor