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Sideshow: Wacky new laws of 2013

Wacky new 2013 laws went into effect when the ball dropped at midnight, tensions in the House apparently go back to high school days, and a new meme mashing...

The wackiest laws enacted in 2013

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By Maryalice Aymong

When the clock struck midnight on December 31st, a slate of new state laws went into effect. There were of course the ones we heard a lot about when they passed in November, like the legalization of gay marriage in Maryland. However, several of the less high-profile laws that took effect at the start of 2013 have a healthy dose of bizarre.

Ever heard of a feral hog? Well, they’re commonly known as wild pigs and have been known to wreak havoc on crops and farmland in rural states. Kentucky introduced a new solution. It’s now against the law to release a wild hog back into the wild.

Illinois has a few new head-scratchers on the books as well. Motorcyclists can forget about impromptu stunts on the road. Wheelies are now against the law. The state is also cracking down on the shark trade; fins to be specific. Don’t expect to order a bowl of shark fin soup in the Prairie State anytime soon. It’s now illegal to buy and sell shark fins.

Also, we all know what it means when someone speaks of a “crazy, cat lady.” Well, it seems like the whole concept is now a thing of the past in Kansas—2013 marked the beginning of a four cat per household limit in the state.

How about the fate of driverless cars in California? Take a look at the video to find out about that and more wacky state laws that just took effect.

The wackiest laws enacted in 2013

Updated