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Word: Loony legislation

'...each blastocyst shall be allotted two (2) troy ounces of 18-karat gold bullion...'

Every year, Georgia lawmakers drop some rather eccentric bills in the hopper. Surprisingly, not all of them become law.

“…and upon successful implantation on the uterine wall, each blastocyst shall be allotted two (2) troy ounces of 18-karat gold bullion, to be held in trust by the mother or court-appointed agent…”

Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-East Cobb, from the “Embryos and Ingots Act of 2009”

“…the Ascended, having no further claims upon said automobile, may be deemed to have effectively transferred title to nearest remaining family member or other designee Left Behind …”

Rep. James Mills, R-Gainesville, from the “Post-Tribulation Property Settlement Act”

“Whereas, saw palmetto has worked wonders for the prostate glands of many in this elected body … the General Assembly hereby orders the second week of April be declared ‘Saw Palmetto Week’ within the borders of this state.”

Sen. George Hooks, D-Americus, from a self-explanatory resolution

“…this paragraph shall not apply to any person…who traps beaver upon the public rights-of-way … for the purpose of preventing, reducing, or stopping damage…resulting from beaver activity …"

Sen. John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, from an actual bill to allow registered persons to trap beavers.