Real laws that show the ambition of Kentucky legislatures

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United States law is modeled after common law of the United Kingdom. The Library of Congress (LOC), indicates that preceding the colonization of Virginia, King James I, guaranteed the colonists of “liberties, franchises, and immunities” possessed by anyone born in England in his 1606 First Charter of Virginia decree.
Hustonville as it looked in the horse and buggy days in about the mid to late 1800s. by The Advocate-Messenger.City of Hustinville

Kentucky joined statehood in 1792, and Kentuckians got official representation west of Appalachia. Laws are generally codified in a referent system. Common law however, derives from judge rulings on cases that were hard to determine based on existing laws. Common law is often known as case law.

Here are 6 strange laws that are codified in Kentucky:

  1. Ky. Rev. Stat. § 437.060 Use of reptiles in religious services.

This might sound strange, but I'm sure this is for good measure. The law states that any person caught handling a reptile in a religious service or gathering should be fined no less that $50, and no more than $100. The law was codified in 1942. CNBC reported that a Kentucky pastor in 2013, had snakes at his church confiscated. The pastor said he had needed the snakes for worship.
A Kentucky pastor was forced to forfeit snakes he used for religious ceremony in 2013.ABC News

2. ORDINANCE NO. 0-5-2001 - Dogs may not molest cars.

This ordinance is a municipal provision made by the city of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Since 2001, Fort Thomas, Kentucky passed it's Revised Pet/Nuisance Ordinance. Therein, it was defined that it is considered a nuisance for any animal or pet to molest pedestrians or passing vehicles. This law certainly boosts the imperative of pet owners to keep their dog's on a short leash.

3. Ky. Rev. Stat. § 436.600 Dyeing or selling dyed baby fowl or rabbits

The United States Agricultural Department (USDA) enforces the American Welfare Act (AWA), through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, according to The federal law regulates the transportation and sell of animals in the US.

In 1966 Kentucky created law 436.600. In this law, it was deemed illegal to dye any baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits under the quantity of 6. Since Kentucky is historically known for fur trapping, it makes sense to cut out the deception plain and simple.
Some people find it festive to color baby chicks for Easter.AP Photo/file

4. Ky. Rev. Stat. § 436.160 No working on Sunday

This Kentucky law was made effective in 1978. According to Casetext, an online legal research tool, the law is very thorough and imposes a $2 - $50 fine for anyone that works on Sunday. For employers, the fine can be levied toward every person employed the day of finding. There are exceptions to this law such as works performed for public service or utilities.

5. Women cannot marry the same man four times.

Kentucky has many laws that protect its citizen's marriage interest. For instance, same-sex marriages officiated outside the state of Kentucky are invalid, bigamy is illegal, and one cannot marry their first-cousins. Also, A Kentucky woman cannot marry the same man four times. It does behoove the government to put an end to a seemingly perpetual unity and division.

These laws are still on the books in the Bluegrass state. It's nice to be a part of a system that truly does have our best interests.


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United States Department of Agriculture

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Hello, I'm Harrison, a writer for TwoSq Media; a contributor to NewsBreak. I analyze local news, business, and technology's influence on how we live our lives. I recently earned a Master of Business Administration from Morehead State University.

Bardstown, KY

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