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Kooyenga: Butter my butt and call me a biscuit

"I literally Googled 'stupid Wisconsin laws' and this one came up as No. 1," said Republican state Rep. Dale Kooyenga, a 32-year-old accountant from Brookfield who wants to undo law he calls silly, antiquated and anti-free market. --

Well, maybe not literally.

I'll tell you what: If you Google stupid Wisconsin laws and can find one site where that is on the top of the list, I'll eat a stick of margarine.

Here's to get you started:

One may not camp in a wagon on any public highway or risk a fine of up to ten dollars.

It is a class A misdemeanor to wave a burning torch around in the air.

Livestock have the right-of-way on public roads.

The government may not prohibit manual flushed urinals.

Margarine may not be substituted for butter in restaurants unless it is requested by the customer.

Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.

Who knows if some of those are even on the books?

The law Kooyenga seeks to replace also requires that butter be served to students and patients, as well as inmates at state institutions, except as necessary for the health of the person. In accordance with the law, butter is served to the roughly 21,000 inmates in Wisconsin's prisons.

Kooyenga (rhymes with Booyenga) says changing the law would save the state money since margarine is typically a third of the cost of butter.

Do you think Sheriff David Clarke is feeding butter to the inmates in Milwaukee County? More likely they get dry bread, if he has anything to say about it.

Have fun Googling. Remember, it has to come up first on the list or I win.

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October 3, 2011 - 5:08pm