July 1 is the halfway point of 2012, which means that a host of new laws went into effect on Sunday nationwide, among them some truly bizarre ones like the ban on releasing feral hogs into the wild in Kentucky.
Kentucky legislators also passed a law dictating that all Prisoner of War and Missing in Action flags purchased or displayed by public institutions must be made in the United States.
Passengers hailing cabs in Chicago may want to read the fine print on the taxi placards before they get in, especially if they have had too much to drink or ate a bad taco.
The Illinois Legislature passed a law allowing Chicago cab drivers to charge passengers $50 for throwing up in the vehicle. In addition to the base fare, cab drivers for the first time ever are permitted to charge sick passengers a $50 vomit cleanup fee.
Meanwhile, Idaho law enforcement officials can now issue arrest warrants by fax, and Virginia is now accepting a concealed handgun permit as a valid form of identification for voting.
In Georgia, a new law gives drivers the option of affixing a decal with the slogan In God We Trust on license plates in place of the county where they live.
Porcine protocol: In Kentucky, releasing feral hogs into the wild is now forbidden
New Mexico lawmakers passed legislation defending the integrity of local produce by prohibiting stores and restaurants from claiming that their fresh chili peppers are New Mexico chilies unless they were grown in the state.
TOP 10 ODDBALL LAWS IN EFFECT FROM JULY 1
1. Illinois: Taxi drivers can charge passengers a $50 cleanup fee for vomiting in cabs.
2. Kentucky: A law prohibits people from releasing feral hogs into the wild.
3. New Mexico: Grocery stores, restaurants and other vendors are prohibited from claiming that their fresh chili peppers are New Mexico chilies unless they were grown in the state.
4. Pennsylvania: Punxsutawney school guidelines increase from ½ cup to ¾ cup the minimum serving of vegetables for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
5. Florida: A law forbids the shackling of women incarcerated during a pregnancy and immediately after giving birth.
6. Virginia: A law allows a brewery licensee to sell at retail the brands of beer that the brewery owns at premises.
7. Virginia: A local ordinance requires electronic messages on outdoor advertising to remain in place for at least eight seconds to avoid driver distractions.
8. Kentucky: Prisoner of War and Missing in Action flags purchased or displayed by public institutions must be made in the United States.
9. Minnesota: A law increases penalties for transporting certain aquatic invasive plants and animals.
10. Florida: A law prohibits people from videotaping a person without his or her knowledge in a residential dwelling.
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