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Weird Laws in Texas

Updated August 6, 2020 5.9k votes 1.1k voters 41.7k views30 items

List of strange state laws on the books in Texas. These rules and regulations were passed by the Texas state legislature, or in an individual in Texas city, and for one reason or another, were never overturned, remaining active on the books until this day. Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even modern, but nonsensical, laws on the books, and they come about for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, these laws appeared in the books following a court ruling on a specific case, that then set a common law precedent from that point on.

Strange or unnecessary laws have become a popular source for humor, online and more generally in popular culture. TV shows like "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with the notion of small towns having peculiar regulations on the books. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)

Often, "dumb laws" as reported on websites and in humor books have been shown to be inaccurate. This sometimes happens because a real, sensible law has been exaggerated or misunderstood, turning into something that sounds silly or ridiculous. Other times, it is simply the result of a hoax being repeated enough times to gain some kind of credibility. If you think any of the laws on this page are not accurate or do not remain active in Texas, let us know in the comments.
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    Idle or loiter anyplace

    It is illegal to idle or loiter anyplace within the corporate limits of the city for the purpose of flirting or mashing. (Abilene)
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    Collegiate football

    Collegiate football is banned at Lamar University. (Beaumont)
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    Lewd dress

    Appearing in public places wearing “lewd dress” is prohibited. (El Paso)
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    For Sale sign on a car

    It is illegal to place a “for sale” sign on a car if it visible from the street. (Richardson)
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    Driving a motor car

    It is illegal to drive a motor car down Broadway before noon on Sundays. (Galveston)