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What, if any, Kansas laws or regulations would you want to be repealed?

Asked at Asked at Dillons, 1015 West 23rd St. on November 21, 2011

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“Pit bull bans, especially in Kansas City, Kan. ”

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“I don’t know, I guess I focus more on international policy rather than Kansas law. ”

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“I’d look at the legalization of abortion.”

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“I can’t think of anything. Things are good for me.”


RoeDapple 6 years, 4 months ago

Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear tail lights.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

That cannot be done because too many people would be chasing tail lite at night.

You know, the low calorie kind.

BMI 6 years, 4 months ago

I don't know if it is still in effect, but mid 80's there was a law regarding birth and surnames. If a married woman (didn't matter if she had been separated for years) gave birth to a child while still married, the only options for the father were the husband or unknown. Regardless if the child's true father wanted his name on the child, and the husband agreed. If you mark 'unknown' that's a lie. If you mark the husband, that's a lie, however legally, those were the only options a woman was allowed.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

Clipped from:

Kansas Paternity Forms, Documents and Law

"There is a presumption that a child born to a married woman is the child of the husband. However, this presumption can be overcome by DNA and other evidence. In some states, the Mother and Husband can sign an "Affidavit of Denial of Paternity" where both agree that the Husband is not the Father of the child."

parrothead8 6 years, 4 months ago

There are no apostrophes in that question.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

Quick? Oh, you said cork. I misread, sorry 'bout that.

Al_A 6 years, 4 months ago

I doubt that liqueur stores really want to cross that line since that would make them more like grocery stores and they want to keep the grocery stores out of the liqueur business. Its a catch 22 situation for them.

Bill Lee 6 years, 4 months ago

Let's repeal Kansas' income tax, or at least eliminate all exemptions and deductions so everyone making the same amount would pay the same tax amount.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

That is a terrible idea because if it were to be implemented, accountants would be significantly underemployed because taxes would be so quick and easy to calculate.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 4 months ago

Ron: Good point. We could simplify the tax code, but there would be lots of unemployed accountants and tax attorneys shaking change cups on Mass street. Who will feed them?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

That would be a problem! What I think is disgusting, and I tried to work it into my comment in a humorous way but couldn't do it with brevity, is that the cost of the services of accountants and tax attorneys are calculated as part of the GDP, even though they actually produce nothing at all!

troll 6 years, 4 months ago

Maybe could simplify the tax code but also make a law requiring people to hire a tax accountant, that way no accountants lose their jobs!

LogicMan 6 years, 4 months ago

Is there a law against breeding and releasing Velociraptors? If so, it should be repealed. They would keep you plains apes on your toes and away from the Cheetos.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 4 months ago

I believe this is more practice than law, but they should repeal the 'suggestions' the staff gather for 'voluntary' prayer in government offices early in the mornings. What's next, foot washing? Next thing you know Muscular Sam will reject the cult and readmit the bible to his theology. Muscular jesus would be sadden by this as it would interfere with his union-busting actiivities.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 4 months ago

I'd repeal any law not backed up by hard scientific fact and solid statistical evidence. Oops! There go all the laws passed since BB took office!

Fossick 6 years, 4 months ago

What's the scientific fact behind the ban on rape?

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 4 months ago

Ask the person getting the rape kit done at the hospital. They will tell you. Then throw you out of the hospital room for being the jerk you are.

Fossick 6 years, 4 months ago

You had me at "she wants," which is of course what makes rape different from other sex and what defines if it will be illegal. Now, if we are going to repeal all laws that are "not backed up by hard scientific fact," what is the solid scientific fact that justifies making what "she wants" legal or illegal?

Rape is a morality law, not a scientific one. If Cait wants to repeal all morality laws in favor of scientific ones, she is free to lobby for that. But I really doubt she has thought about it very far.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 4 months ago

You forgot the addendum of "solid statistical evidence". It most certainly shows that rape is a physical assault, not a "morality issue". I think you need to get a grip.

Fossick 6 years, 4 months ago

To say that rape is a physical assault is merely to define it; it is no more helpful than saying murder is a killing. In no way does that explain why rape ought to be illegal.

If rape is not a morality issue, please explain why rape ought to be unlawful, and do it without reference to morality or ethics or value-loaded words like 'should.'

I'm sure there's solid statistical evidence, right? 9 out of 10 people enjoy gang rape, after all.

labmonkey 6 years, 4 months ago

Although I hate the 3.2 law, to me, buying liquor at Hy-Vee is almost like buying anything at Wal-Mart... you are going to murder many small businesses (I can think of several liquor stores that are right next to Hy-Vees or Price Choppers that will go out of business if grocery stores are allowed to sell liquor). It is this having to get everything in one place mentality that has killed millions of small businesses and allowed Wal-Mart to thrive.

kernal 6 years, 4 months ago

I've lived in states where liquor and wine is sold in grocery stores. There were also plenty of liquor stores doing a solid business. Those stores were also able to sell cigarettes, cork screws, club soda, etc. Shoot, they even had drive through stores in one state.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

If there is going to be a tax on stones, the first two stones need to be deducted from the total number that are subject to the tax.

billbodiggens 6 years, 4 months ago

Let he who is without lien tax the first stone. . .

Liberty275 6 years, 4 months ago

Every year the kansas legislature should strike 5 sections of the kansas code, and then be forced to leave the laws "off the books", or rewrite the laws from scratch.

Fossick 6 years, 4 months ago

Automatic sunset/expirations would work as well.

labmonkey 6 years, 4 months ago

At the very least, decriminalize marijuana. Enforce DUI laws if someone is driving while stoned, but there is no need to send someone to jail for just smoking pot or having it on their person. It clogs up the court system and wastes too much taxpayer money.

Oldsoul 6 years, 4 months ago

The catch-22 profiling law that requires law enforcement themselves to keep statistics--likely to cover their own butts. You cannot not label people by pigeon-holing them to start with.

RoeDapple 6 years, 4 months ago

Some dude wanted me to meet his seester in Mexico. Not sure if that's illegal

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

I'm sure Mrs. Roe will be very eager to give you her thoughts on the matter.

And you better duck while those thoughts are on the way!

Romans832 6 years, 4 months ago

I think the law passed this year, allowing bikers and cycles to go on a red light (after a "reasonable" amount of time--how long is that?) should be repealed. Why don't we just take out stoplights altogether? It's been argued that folks have "common sense" about when it's safe to cross on red lights. If that's true, not having stoplights wouldn't increase collisions; it might even reduce them, since many of the accidents are AT controlled intersections. Maybe common sense isn't so common.

Brian Laird 6 years, 4 months ago

The problem is that many intersections have motion sensors that control the lights. These sensors only detect motion over a certain threshold, so that they detect cars, but not bicycles. Therefore, if there is no traffic at the intersection the light will not change - even if there is a bicyclist waiting. I've had this problem trying to cross 19th street on Louisiana several times - if there are no cars that want to cross 19th street in your direction as well, the light will not go green in that direction. So unless you want to wait through 20 light cycles until a car shows up, there is really no choice but to cross against the light (after checking that there is no cross traffic - of course).

So you are saying that a bicyclist should just wait indefinitely at this intersection?

labmonkey 6 years, 4 months ago

Repeal letting bicyclists have as much right to the road as vehicles (lets see what can of worms this opens up ;) ).

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

That concept seems to work rather well on sidewalks most of the time.

RoeDapple 6 years, 4 months ago

My first wife says if there is a second wife I'll be singing soprano . . . whatever that means . .

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

I think maybe she's trying to express in a very vague way that if something is not weighed down by rocks, it will tend to drift skyward.

Maybe that's eunuch of an explanation.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 4 months ago

Did anyone mention voter ID? -A complete waste of time and money, and unsubstantiated.

AussieMan 6 years, 3 months ago

Abolish all mandatory minimum sentences. Let the judge decide on the length of time a person found guilty of a crime does. Not a politician.

kernal 6 years, 3 months ago

No, you don't want to go there! That encourages "favors" and corruption.

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