State legislature votes to void old crimes like cursing

The state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. on a rainy May 5, 2015.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Outdated crimes such as cursing in front of women or children would no longer be on Michigan’s books under legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to repeal a number of laws. They include prohibitions against ads related to sexually transmitted diseases, accepting a challenge to a duel and performing the national anthem in public “without embellishments or other melodies.”

Other old and unenforced laws that would be deleted include restrictions against certain endurance contests such as walkathons and stealing vegetables from a garden. Michigan would still have broader penalties for trespassing and larceny.

Another bill going to Snyder would make it a civil infraction rather than a misdemeanor to leave trash at a state park campsite.

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