Highlights from Gov. Dayton's 'Unsession' - KMSP-TV

7 absurd laws Gov. Dayton wants to toss

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton revealed his "Unsession" agenda on Tuesday to simplify state government and eliminate outdated laws -- 7 of which are just ridiculous.

Among notable highlights, Gov. Dayton wants to eliminate a 1937 law that prohibits drivers from driving in neutral. You can't drive in neutral.


1. Shorter, simpler phone bills
Eliminate unnecessary state statutes that make phone bills long and confusing.

2. Sell your fruit in...whatever you want
It is currently a misdemeanor to sell fruit in an illegally-sized container.

3. No more telegraph regulations
There are more state laws regulating the telegraph industry than there are laws regulating the Internet. The

4. License to ride the elevator
The only two elevator operators in Minnesota are required to be certified by the state.

5. You can't get insurance from a vending machine
State law dictates the Commerce Department is responsible for regulating insurance policies sold through vending machines. Dayton's plan says insurance policies cannot be sold through vending machines.

6. Bug deflector freedom
Some state laws regulate the size and color of bug deflectors.

7. Drive in neutral, but don't try too hard
Gov. Dayton wants to throw out a 1937 law that makes it illegal to drive a car in neutral. It is impossible to drive a car in neutral.


'Plain language'
An executive order signed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton orders all executive branch agencies to speak and write with words the average person can understand.

Align tax codes
Conform Minnesota tax code with the Federal code. This would eliminate the marriage tax in Minnesota. A tax bill to do just that is already moving through the House.

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