Odd laws still in effect, but why? | News
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - When it comes to odd laws, let's start off with our great state of Arkansas. Arkansas code 1-4-105 spells it out saying there has to be three syllables. The 's' is silent and the 'a' sounds like the 'a' in the word 'man'.
Officially, it's on the books, but appears that it's only enforceable during official oral proceedings.
Jack McCann has been in law enforcement for 40 years and he admits he doesn't have them all memorized.
"There's a lot of them still on the books."
Donna Jackson, the City Clerk for the City of Jonesboro knows all about these odd laws. She's the one who has to go through the books every year and weed out the ones that no longer apply.
"Whenever a piece of legislation is written, it's written for that time and a specific purpose they are trying to accomplish."
Like the ordinance passed in Jonesboro in 1947 that said the city will pay the guy who scours the city streets and alleys that cleans the outdoor toilets one dollar per privie.
Or the law from 1951 that said you could be fined 25 dollars if you were caught smoking in bed!
"Who's going to enforce that?" asks Donna Jackson.
Those two aren't on the books any more, but this odd law is:
It's illegal to own a lion in the city of Jonesboro.
"There was a man who had pet lions and he would take them to public functions."
Did you know it's against the law to honk your horn at Sonic?
In the State of Arkansas you can't make a sudden start or stop at any "drive in".
So where to all these odd laws go? They aren't 'written out' so to speak. through a process called "codification" they are simply left out. In Jonesboro, that means, every year, Donna over at city hall goes through the books and codifies or keeps all the codes laws and ordnances that are still relevant..
"Anything that's not relevant is taken out."
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