Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 1/25/12
Every state has laws on the books that are neglected or ignored until some opportunist decides to enforce them. Remember how that guy from Texas tried to end the "sick, ugly tradition" of octopus tossing in Detroit through the 1982 Michigan Bodies of Dead Animals Act? Yeah, that was weird. Here's another arcane law: In 1988, the Florida legislature passed a measure that required the state's professional sports teams to use their facilities to run homeless shelters or run the risk of losing $166,667 in monthly taxpayer-supported funds. From the West Orlando News, the statute reads: "Any professional sports facility constructed with financial assistance from the State of Florida shall be designated as a shelter site for the homeless in accordance with the criteria of locally existing homeless shelter programs, except when the facility is otherwise contractually obligated for a specific event or activity." Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, introduced Senate Bill 816 recently that seeks t...
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