The United States has tons of unique laws that most of its citizens don’t know about. Some of these laws are so old that no one enforces them anymore, while others address unique situations. Check out these special laws that only exist in one US state.
Don’t Eavesdrop in Oklahoma
If you love gossip, you might want to stay away from Oklahoma. Apparently, it is a misdemeanor in Oklahoma to share any information you learned from sneaking around a building and listening to other people’s conversations. Sorry, Nancy Drew. No sleuthing allowed here!
No Baby Trading in Pennsylvania
Yeah, apparently there are some things that you have to spell out in writing so that people will know they’re bad. Like, for example, trading your baby for a new Xbox. In Pennsylvania, there’s a law making it a misdemeanor to buy, sell, or trade infant children. Because apparently that needs to be said.
Double Proxy Marriages in Montana
There are a handful of states that allow you to get married even if one person can’t be physically present—but what do you do if neither of you can be present? Military couples especially have trouble with marriage laws requiring you to be present for the ceremony, since one or both members may be actively deployed.
Montana’s double proxy marriage law makes it possible to get married by using a stand-in, as long as one person is either in the military or from Montana. The law is a big help to dual-military couples.
Raccoon Open Season in Virginia
There are many lingering “blue laws” in the US that forbid people from doing certain things on Sundays, originally for religious reasons. For example, Virginia has a law making it illegal to hunt animals on Sundays, except for raccoons.
Why are everyone’s favorite trash pandas not protected by the day-of-rest rule? It’s not exactly clear, but raccoons can be a rather persistent nuisance if they discover something tasty in your trash can.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of the most interesting special laws that only exist in one US state. Even though some of these laws are old, be careful since states can still enforce them!