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Michigan repeals several outdated unenforceable laws

By Daniel Uria
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder passed a series of Bills repealing several outdated laws regarding "crimes" such as cursing in front of women and children and trespassing in a huckleberry marsh.
 Photo by Michigan State Capitol/Facebook
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder passed a series of Bills repealing several outdated laws regarding "crimes" such as cursing in front of women and children and trespassing in a huckleberry marsh. Photo by Michigan State Capitol/Facebook

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LANSING, Mich., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Michigan Senate passed a package of bills which served to repeal several outdated and unenforceable state laws.

Laws prohibiting cursing in front of women or children, embellishing the national anthem and trespassing in a huckleberry marsh were among over 80 laws repealed.

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Potential penalties for these crimes included a $750 fine for cursing and 90 days in jail or $100 fine for organizing "endurance contests" such as walk-a-thons.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed off on the bill and supported it as part of an attempt to bring the state's government up to date.

"Modernizing state government is an ongoing effort," he said. "I appreciate the work of the legislature in analyzing the criminal code and eliminating statutes that no longer make sense in the 21st century."

Republican state representatives Chris Afendoulis and Kurt Heise led the charge to have these laws repealed looking to trim down the over 3,100 and counting crimes listed on the books in Michigan.

"This is a first step. Now we have to start looking at things that maybe aren't so easy," Afendoulis told Detroit Free Press. "At least this gets us moving in the right direction."

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