You better watch out….you better not pout…..you better not steal Christmas trees in Connecticut!
The measure of damages for anyone who cuts (without permission), destroys, or carries away any tree intended for sale or use as a Christmas tree is five times the reasonable value of the tree. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 52-560.
One of the things you may consider doing is writing a letter to your selectman. Connecticut is the land of arcane laws. Perhaps none as arcane as Conn. Gen. Stat. § 13a-107 which reads as follows:
Whenever any highway becomes blocked with snow to an extent that renders the same impassable for public travel, the selectmen of the town in which such highway is located shall cause such highway to be opened for public travel at the expense of such town within a reasonable time thereafter, if they find the same to be required for public convenience and necessity. Any selectman who fails to open any highway so blocked, when requested in writing so to do by six taxpayers residing on or near such highway, shall be fined ten dollars. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 13a-107.
The law was enacted in June of 1963 and the penalty of a $10 fine remains in place. As does the requirement that six or more taxpayers request in writing that snow be removed from their road. Which is strange. The law was enacted before email. If a road is impassable, how is a person to write to his selectman?
If your road is impassable consider finding six of your neighbors to write to your selectman asking him to clear the road. I’m sure he’ll be motivated to avoid a whopping $10 fine.
In 2012, the Legislature will confront all sorts of big problems facing the State. This is Connecticut’s smallest “problem”. The good news is that fixing it is easy.
I write this post almost every year. In 2011, at least two bills were introduced in the General Assembly to change “Martin Luther King Day” to “Martin Luther King Jr. Day”. You can read more on this by clicking here.
I am probably one of the only people in the State to submit testimony on a technical revision bill in the General Assembly. When the gavel closed on the 2011 Legislative Session neither bill passed the General Assembly.
Last week’s news of a mountain lion being struck by a car in Milford got me thinking about Connecticut mountain lion law. This subject touches a little close to home. Several years ago, a neighbor told me he saw a mountain lion about two miles from my home in East Granby.
Another friend has reported seeing one in Suffield.
Connecticut regulations contain 3 references to mountain lions. All of the regulations are designed to protect them. Here they are in no particular order:
Here’s a story from the intersection of law and life.
Connecticut law protects a woman’s right to breastfeed, making it an act of discrimination for:
a place of public accommodation, resort or amusement to restrict or limit the right of a mother to breast-feed her child; Link.
Massachusetts law affords mothers similar protections:
allows a mother to breastfeed her child in any public place or establishment or place which is open to and accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public and where the mother and her child may otherwise lawfully be present.
…including but not limited to the black bear, grizzly bear, or brown bear. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 26-40a.
I think the penalty for keeping a bear as a pet should be having one’s head examined but the legislature opted for a fine of not more than a thousand dollars per day and all costs associated with taking the bear from the bear’s keeper.
So if you’ve wished for a bear for Christmas you’re out of luck. Unless of course, it’s of the stuffed variety.
Judging by yesterday’s results, Bears are no match for Tom Brady.
Here at A Connecticut Law Blog, we ( by “we” I mean Brady and I) are big fans of CT animal statutes and cases.
Yes, Annie has introduced a number of bills dealing with animal rights during her term. In doing so, Annie is continuing the work of legislators who have sought to make the world more humane for our furry friends.
Anyhow, here’s a law that predates Annie:
In Connnecticut, it is illegal for a person to sell or give away a live rabbit that has been dyed, colored or otherwise treated so as to import to them an artificial color. Any person who violates the law faces a fine not to exceed $150. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 53-249a.
My legal advice to you (yes, I’m violating my own policy of not giving legal advice in this blog) is to only dye Easter eggs and leave the bunny alone.