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Friday, December 22, 2006

Life In The Peace Garden State, Pt. XXXVIII

Ah, North Dakota...with politicians straight out of the 1930s. Except for the ones go back even before that:

Legislators are again being asked to do away with a state law that forbids unmarried couples to "openly and notoriously" live together as if they were married.

Freshman state Sen. Tracy Potter, D-Bismarck, said he will sponsor a bill in the 2007 Legislature to repeal the cohabitation law, which officials say is rarely enforced.

Efforts to repeal the law have failed in the last two sessions. Before that, the most recent effort to abolish it was in 1991, when the House voted down a repeal measure by almost a 3-to-1 margin.

Reminds me of an old joke; goes something like this...

"Good evening ladies and gentlemen...this is your pilot speaking. Welcome to Bismarck International Airport where the local temprature is 37 degrees. Please return your seat to its upright position and remain seated until the plane has come to a full stop. And as we are now in North Dakota, please remember to set back your watches one hundred years..."