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Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 14:50:26 EST
County in Utah Repeals Anti-Dancing Law
ST. GEORGE, Utah - It's now legal to bring an insane person into Washington
County, dance immodestly or let more than 25 mules cross a Virgin River
These acts were illegal until Tuesday, when the Washington County Commission
cleaned its books of a raft of obsolete laws.
The housecleaning came as commissioners adopted a modern, comprehensive
The former county code was a collection of laws dating as far back as 1896,
when ordinances were handwritten and stored in bulky, oversized books.
Among ordinances repealed:
_1902: "Any person or common carrier bringing into the County any indigent or
insane person or the bodies of persons who die while traveling, who refuse
or fail to carry said indigent or insane persons out of the County, or bury,
or remove from the County, the body of any person who dies while traveling ...
shall be guilty of an offense."
_1913: "It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or allow at any one time
more than twenty-five head of horses, mules, asses or cattle, or more than
Two hundred (200) head of sheep, goats or swine on the Bridge over the Rio
Virgin near St. George."
1935: "An ordinance ... defining and establishing a pure beet seed district
... and prohibiting the planting therein of beet seeds and plants other than
pure beet seeds and pure beet seed plants ... ."
1942: "Any person who affects or maintains any illumination ... during the
period of air raid alarm ... shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."
_1956: "It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to dance in any public
dance hall or cabaret in any indecent or immodest manner or to perform any
dance which is characterized by any indecent or immodest motion of the body."