If we’re being frank, law books all over the U.S. are filled with legal statutes that seemingly lack any semblance of legislative intent. There are so many, in fact, that you’ll inevitably stumble across a few as you do your law research.
To give you a better idea of just how zany and numerous these laws can be, here are a few of the strangest ones our own legislative history research could find.
No Suffrage For Idiots.
One of the reasons we have a public education system in the U.S. is to ensure that voters are educated and can elect the right leaders. With that in mind, the legislative intent of Article VII in New Mexico’s state constitution makes a bit more sense when it says that voters cannot be idiots, or insane people.
No Pizza Pranks.
The legislative intent of one Louisiana law is pretty clear, but that doesn’t make it any less strange. According to Revised Statutes 14:68.6, anyone in Louisiana who orders a pizza delivery for another person without their knowing or consent can have the items returned to them, along with a $500 fine and a six month jail sentence. So if you feel like pranking someone there, maybe you should stick to the more conventional gags.
No Bear Wrestling.
In Alabama, it’s illegal to wrestle bears. Now, that may seem like a pretty dumb law, since it’s pretty dumb to wrestle bears, but of all the different legal statutes that appear on this list, this one’s legislative intent actually makes some sense. According to Alabama Code Section 13A-12-5, bear wrestling is inhumane to bears, and is a form of animal cruelty. Many people who used to offer bear wrestling matches would also surgically alter the bears, removing their claws. Essentially, the legislative intent of this law is to combat animal cruelty.
And to think that these are just a few of the weird laws that are out there. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.