Silly bills may bring a smile, but lawmakers say they make a point

Monday, February 13th 2006, 5:50 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Almost 2,000 bills and resolutions will keep Oklahoma lawmakers busy during the 2006 Legislature, but some are more likely to produce smiles than results.

Oklahomans will shower their sweethearts on St. Valentine's Day, but a state lawmaker wants the day before set aside as a Day of Purity to give young lovers a lesson in abstinence.

Almost 25 percent of Oklahoma adults are classified as obese, so a member of the state House wants an income tax deduction to encourage Oklahomans to join a health club.

And to increase tourism in his remote western Oklahoma district, a state senator has proposed naming the Mexican free-tail bat the official flying mammal of Oklahoma.

On the surface, dozens of bills filed in the state House and Senate seem to have no other purpose than to amuse. But their authors insist they have a serious side.