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What local laws were the “dumbest” this year?

Miss Chicken once arrogant, stand-offish and sometimes hostile, now only launches an occasional peck, no longer the attacks that left bruises on the hand.
Miss Chicken once arrogant, stand-offish and sometimes hostile, now only launches an occasional peck, no longer the attacks that left bruises on the hand.

Banning saggy pants and "clutter." Taxing marijuana where it's not legal. 

These are a couple of the "dumbest" local laws passed across the country this year, according a list put togther by Atlantic's CityLab. Here in the Inland Northwest, we are not immune to stupidity, and all of the laws passed by our elected representatives aren't always that important in the grand scheme of things. 

This year, the Spokane City Council changed city laws to allow food trucks to plug their parking meters beyond the two-hour limit, passed an ordinance banning the city from purchasing and using of a relatively new class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids that may be harmful to honeybees, voted to allow small livestock such as goats, sheep and pigs in residential neighborhoods and exempted the sale of locally produced fruits, vegetables and eggs from zoning restrictions.

This is not to say these rules are dumb. Actually, some people in the city think the new rules reflect a changing world and city leaders responsive to it. In fact, compared to the Ocala, Florida, city council unanimously passing a "sagging pants ordinance" that carried with it fines of up to $500 to people on city property wearing pants two inches or more below their waist, Spokane is ruled by intellectuals of the first degree. Still, chickens don't pave roads.

What do you think? What's the worst law you heard about this year? What's the best?




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Nicholas Deshais
Joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is the urban issues reporter, covering transportation, housing, development and other issues affecting the city. He also writes the Getting There transportation column and The Dirt, a roundup of construction projects, new businesses and expansions. He previously covered Spokane City Hall.

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