Did you know this is a crime in California?

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DID YOU KNOW THIS IS A CRIME IN CALIFORNIA?

When the Senate passes a law, it is presumed to be in the interest and benefit of the population. The Senate or National Assembly comes up with laws every few months. Some bare more significance than others to the general public. You may be unaware that you are breaking the law. While some laws may seem more absurd than others, the state requires willful adherence to every one of its rules.

Water Usage

Currently, the entire world is fighting a difficult battle against the depletion of natural resources. This includes conserving and limiting the use of our natural water reservoirs. With this goal in mind, the National Assembly passed a bill earlier this year that provides a concise and subsequent plan to reduce urban water consumption gradually.  As from 2025, it will be illegal to do both your laundry and house cleaning at the same time in a day. This basic explanation may seem a little bit far-fetched, but the actual figures may help shed some light on the implications of this bill. According to the Water management planning Assembly Bill (AB-1668), the state plans to reduce water consumption per capita by 20% to 55 gallons per capita by 2025 and 52.5 gallons per capita by 2030. To put this into perspective, the average Californian household uses between 80-100 gallons a day. In other words, Californians will be forced to live on half of what they have enjoyed over the years.

Cross- Dressing among Men

This may come as a surprise to you, especially in this day and age where gender rights are a great controversy but in the city of Walnut, it is illegal for men to dress as the opposite sex. Code 1959, 4237.1 states explicitly that "No man or boy shall dress as a girl or woman without a permit from the sheriff, except for amusement, show, or drama." The City's Code of ordinances categorizes this as a public nuisance which raises a lot of brows in a widely diverse and liberal society.

Dogs in Pursuit of Bear and Bobcats

California is a large state that boasts a diverse ecosystem of forests, deserts, and sandy beaches. For this reason alone, the State implemented severe measures to protect flora and fauna. For example, the California Senate Bill 1221 makes it illegal for a dog to pursue any endangered animal life. To be precise dog owners are not allowed to set their dogs upon large game during the closed season or any endangered animal at any given time. This bill has provisions for when hunters can use dogs during the open season for bears and deer.

Illegal Cow Flatulence

This one is probably the most bizarre laws on this list but believe it or not it is unlawful for cows to fart or burp. Despite cattle being a major natural element in our life, this absurd bill was passed by the Senate in 2016 as a means of curbing global warming. According to the bill, the State Air Resources Board has the mandate to reduce methane, among other gaseous emissions, by up to 50%. As per SB- 1383, the state board must "consult with the Department of Food and Agriculture on how to adopt regulations to reduce methane emissions from livestock manure management operations and dairy manure management operations." The State of California took it a notch higher by implementing "heavy fines" on dairy farmers who fail to comply. The forms of the penalties are subject to the state board's judgment.

Driving with any Object that Obstructs a Clear View

As a motorist, one is probably aware of the do's and don'ts of driving in America. For obvious reasons, the driver's view of the road should be clear. The California AB 1890 makes it illegal to have any "object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied in or upon the vehicle that obstructs or reduces the driver's clear view through the windshield or side windows." This includes even the smallest of details that may affect your optical perception of what is in front of you. In other words, that little trinket or decoration hanging against your rear view mirror, a tinted windshield, or even objects placed against the dashboard are illegal.

 Most people who have lived in the state can agree that they have probably broken one or all of the above legislatures unknowingly. Fortunately, only an expert criminal lawyer such as Don Hammond, Criminal Defense Hero, could help in such matters.