Governor Dayton's "Unsession" Plan Revealed

Updated: 03/04/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 03/04/2014 10:52 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- It's spring cleaning up at the capital as Governor's Dayton’s plan to "unsession" the statute books and get rid of outdated and unnecessary laws was revealed.  Many of the laws he wants to do away with are obsolete and downright quirky.

One example Governor Dayton wants scrapped, a law making it illegal to drive a car in neutral. Also, if you're selling fruit, you better make sure it’s in the right sized container. It doesn't stop there, bug deflectors have to be a certain size and color.

Right now, insurance policies sold out of vending machines are regulated by the commerce department. Governor Dayton's solution is to make it illegal to sell them in vending machines altogether.

Even wild boar are part of the more than 1,000 state laws or procedures deemed outdated.

“If a wild board escapes in the cities of Minneapolis or St. Paul the commissioner of agriculture himself has to go out there and capture the wild boar.  We thought about seeing if this is truly the case and getting a wild boar to run lose in Minneapolis,” said Tony Sertich, Iron Range Commissioner.

In addition to getting rid of these outdated laws, Governor Dayton says he plans to sign an executive order forcing state agencies to write in plain language when communicating with the public.

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