Michigan Lawmakers Vow to Make Jimi Hendrix’s Rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” Legal Again
Michigan lawmakers recently put a package of bills before Governor Rick Snyder aimed at repealing a number of old state laws. Reports indicate that as many as 80 antiquated policies stand to be eliminated, including one that technically makes Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" a crime.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Governor Snyder plans to give all of the bills careful consideration before making a decision on whether to eliminate or keep them on the books for the sake of posterity.
Below are a few laws up for repeal
Trespassing on a cranberry, huckleberry or blackberry marsh carries a sentence of 90 days in jail.
Swearing in front of women and children, and making fun of someone who doesn’t accept a duel are misdemeanors carrying fines of $750.
Singing "The Star Spangled Banner" in a nontraditional or disrespectful manner is a misdemeanor that carries a three-month jail sentence.
Requiring any able-bodied man over the age of 18 to respond to the state Department of Natural Resources to help out in cases of emergency. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor.
Prohibiting the use of certain words in print advertising relating to sexual diseases, including: “lost manhood” or “lost vitality or vigor.” Violating the act is a misdemeanor carrying a punishment of one year in jail.
Prohibiting certain endurance contests, such as walk-a-thons, carries a jail sentence of 90 days or a $100 fine.
Making it a crime for a doctor to keep or display the remains of a deformed human being or a “human monstrosity,” except for scientific purposes for medical classes.