Off the Wall Bills

Virginia legislators will vote on bills in coming weeks that deal with taxes, fees and fines. And then there's the purloined pussycat bill. Or a bill to make it legal to drive around the town of Claremont in a golf cart.

They're the lighter fare of the 2008 General Assembly.

The bill that is making the rounds of TV and radio talk shows is the proposed ban on automobile ornaments that look like male genitalia.

Chesapeake Delegate Lionel Spruill introduced the bill and calls it a safety issue. He says drivers looking at the ornaments should be watching the road.

Delegate Jennifer McClellan wants to make stealing a cat a felony, just as it is for the theft of a dog. Or a pony. Or a mule, or a steer or a calf. That's after someone stole a kitten from the Richmond SPCA.

Delegate Bill Barlow heard from retirees in the Surry County town of Claremont who were told that it's illegal to drive about in golf carts. His bill would make Claremont only the second village in the state that's exempt from a law that bans golf carts from public roads. The other is Saxis, a town on the Eastern Shore.


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