Comments on: “Minnesota ‘unsession’ dumps 1,175 obsolete, silly laws” Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sat, 30 May 2015 18:40:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ron Miller Thu, 29 May 2014 13:57:10 +0000 “And this from a Governor and legislature firmly in the hands of the Democrats (DFL). How many laws have the Republicans in Wisconsin repealed since taking control?”

These is nothing wrong with getting rid of laws about the size of fruit containers. It is all good, I suppose. But let’s not pretend this is actually accomplishing something. It sends a message and it is probably a good one. But let’s goad states into racing to these form over substance legislative acts.

VMS’s point is important. Some laws seem dumb on their face actually have a decent logical foundation behind them if you actually knew the rationale for the law in the first place. That crazy probably outdated fruit container law? They probably made it for a good reason at the time that we cannot contemplate.

By: Cloudesley Shovell Thu, 29 May 2014 11:14:54 +0000 VMS–I have no reason to doubt that everything you say is true. But this is Minnesota. The vast majority of the state is utterly flat. I defy you to find a section of road anywhere in Minnesota that is both long enough and steep enough to lead to the horror of brake overheating and failure that you suggest is the basis for the “no coasting in neutral” law.

The list of things people can do that are dangerous and could lead to injury or death is endless. Human stupidity is a bottomless well than never runs dry. That doesn’t mean that a legislature should counter with an endless list of pointless laws. Such efforts are folly.

Kind regards,

By: VMS Thu, 29 May 2014 03:23:58 +0000 There is good reason to prohibit driving a car in neutral, since it is a very dangerous practice known as freewheeling. Normally in a manual transmission, the engine is locked to the gear train through the gearbox and the clutch so that when one takes his foot off the accelerator, there is some engine braking. Lack of engine braking when driving in mountainous areas has caused many accidents by excessive brake heating and failure. For this reason, some manufacturers (Saab in particular) gave up putting freewheel or overrunning clutches in their cars. Also, laws prohibiting overrunnig clutches or “driving in neutral” became popular in many states. An overrunning clutch allows the engine to transmit torque to the drive-train in one direction only. The rear wheel of a bicycle has an overrunning clutch.

By: An Unsession » Right Thinking Thu, 29 May 2014 03:10:28 +0000 […] This sounds like a really good idea: […]

By: John Burgess Wed, 28 May 2014 16:40:28 +0000 There oughta be a law…

That requires the repeal of two old laws for every new law passed.

That requires the decommissioning of two federal agencies and bureaus for ever new one launched.

That requires an appraisal — at least ever five years — on whether an agency or bureau has reached its initial goals and can now be shut down.

[There must be something in the water today.]

By: tim Wed, 28 May 2014 16:27:52 +0000 And this from a Governor and legislature firmly in the hands of the Democrats (DFL).

How many laws have the Republicans in Wisconsin repealed since taking control?