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Batch of Laws

I have been collecting facts and laws to put in a blog or to qualify as part of DID YOU KNOW. As I was scrolling through my ideas for the blog today (that’s code for “what am I going to write?”), I realized that I probably should put together a bunch of the collection. I guess this blog is almost like a quilt. So… here goes:

In New York, it is against the law to shoot at a rabbit from a moving trolley car.

In Idaho, it is against the law for one resident to give another resident a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

In Kentucky, by law ,citizens must take a bath at least once per year. (Just as a side note, a Harris poll says that 70% of men take a shower daily. Women? 57%. Not sure of the stats in Kentucky)

In Florida, “If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid, just as it would for a vehicle”.

In Alabama, “It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile”.  However, in St Johns County, lanterns and flashlights are strictly prohibited during turtle season.

And for our pic o’ day… responsibility:

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A Law and a List

First, I am always fascinated to see unique laws and ordinances. This one is an old New York City administrative code section that is still on the books. The code requires that hitching posts be located in front of City Hall so reporters can tie up their horses. So there you go!

Second, if you are a regular reader of the blog, then you know that I enjoy posting lists. This one comes from Forbes.com. A list that tells us how successful people stay calm. Or, maybe it’s also a list of staying calm to be successful. The list includes staying positive and avoid asking  “What if?”.

And for pic o’ day, the list also included getting enough rest. This pic o’ seems like “wise rest”.

wise rest

Virginia Older Driver Restriction

Fresh from the Virginia Senate is a bill that seeks to restrict older drivers. (Pilot Online) By a vote of 30-5, the legislation would establish a law that would require drivers over the age of 75 to face mandatory vision tests. In addition, the license renewal would only extend for five years instead of the current eight.

A bill from the house (HB 771) was previously rejected by the Senate after passing in the House. This version is very similar except that it includes some additional requirements such as the vision testing. So, it appears that it would have a chance to make it to Governor’s desk for signature. Right now, it is unknown whether Governor Terry McAuliffe is a supporter.

This bill balances restricting  driving privileges versus whether this law is necessary because older drivers are more prone to accidents. According to one legislator, do older drivers know to “relinquish the wheel” when necessary.

DID YOU KNOW?

 

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And for pic o’ day:

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Kinda Like Jericho

     About ten years ago, we moved our South Carolina office from the town of Easley, to downtown Greenville. Now, it literally sits next to the Greenville County Courthouse.

     Because a lot of traffic drives right by there and on to Route 395, I decided that I wanted to put a large sign right there in front yard of the office. I know, it’s hard to believe that I would want a large sign there!

Soon, I learned that we would need a permit for the sign. Downtown Greenville has gone through a very impressive facelift and everything, including signs, has to comply with a specific sign code, and be approved by City Council. So far, no surprise there.

Dennis Lanier called a sign company and met with them to discuss the designs. Then, a plan was submitted and we heard that the application was going for approval. Soon, we received a call that the sign had been denied. What to do, what to do?

We called our real estate leasing agent and met at the front of the building, and described our problem. We want a sign but can’t get it approved. He gave us another company to call. The owner of that company was married to someone on city council.

I cannot say what made the difference. BUT, the plans were submitted; the sign was approved; and we had our new shiny sign installed in a few weeks. Which brings us to that same office space today:

 

A car ran into the retaining wall right outside of the office.  That is what I look at when I am sitting in my office chair; and, it is directly acrosss the street from the Greenville County Courthouse. It has been like that since a Progressive Insured ran into the wall.

Progessive has told the landlord that they will pay to fill in the bricks. They will not replace the wall;  and, unfortunately, the bricks do not match.

It’s not my fight except that the wall is getting worse. I guess at some point, Progressive will have to do more than a few bricks because the wall will come tumbling down.

Meanwhile in the regulation department, no one has called from the Courthouse or the “government” to complain about that wall directly staring them in the face. Well, I take that back. Today, someone did call the landlord and wanted to know “what was going on?”.

The moral of the story is that advertising signs must not take away from the beauty of the city. Crumbling walls; well, perhaps they remind us of history and isn’t that what restoration is all about?

And for pic o’ day, I went with a sign in the window of a dentist… isn’t that the truth!

FDR Court Packing

                                                    In the early 90’s, I had 3 or 4 jury trials against defendant Yellow Cab company. The Taxi drivers would run into my client’s car and then Yellow Cab would offer little to settle the case.

Every time, the defense attorney would be Tom Moss; who was also Speaker of the House, for the Virginia General Assembly. After the 2nd  jury verdict, Tom introduced a bill that next session, that became law.

     It classified Taxi drivers as independent contractors; and limited Yellow Cab’s exposure and required insurance coverage to a maximum of $25,000. The next time I saw him, he just smiled and said something like, “Well, you won’t be getting Yellow Cab for any big verdicts”.    The rules had changed! 

      In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was first elected as President by a landslide vote . He promised a New Deal of social and economic policies, to get America back to work. Once he got the law enacted, the US Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, held that the New Deal was unconstitutional and struck it down.

     The Court then ruled against the Railroad Retirement Act; and then the National Industrial Act. This infuriated Roosevelt.  He decided to “change the rules”. He came up with a name for the Court to express his contempt. He described the Court as the “Nine Old Men”.

     When Roosevelt was re-elected by an even bigger voting margin in 1936, He thought he had a solution; A plan to change the Supreme Court.  In 1937,  he announced the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill.  His idea… to appoint 6 more Justices and increase the Court to 15 members. It was branded as his attempt to “Pack the Court”.

     Roosevelt’s enemies were against it;  But, it was his friends who felt that it was “the gravest constitutional crisis since the Civil War”. (Roosevelt biographer Kenneth S. Davis) History records that his inability to garner support for this measure ultimately robbed him of political capital, that could have been focused on passage of  his economic policies.

     The final measure  failure as documented by his biographers was a legacy that this idea of increasing the Court would never be “presented to the free representatives of the free people of America”. The footnote to all this is that the pendulum swung. The Court’s philosophy was in step with FDR.

     The youngest justice, Owen J. Roberts, began to vote in the FDR leaning “column”, with the Court’s decisions coming down  5-4,  in favor of FDR’s policies as law. Also, the “Old Nine Men”  began to change as Justices retired and FDR made Court appointments. The nine Justices now became a “Roosevelt Court”.

     For pic o’ day, I thought I’d go with the “Law of Grabbity”:

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