California Lawyer Magazine's year-end review, "The 2004 Legal Follies," offers the following evidence of the wacky nature of life these days:
In September, the California Legislature granted amnesty to all undocumented pet ferrets and their owners. The bill, referred to as the Ferret Freedom Act of 2004, was later vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger.
After being sentenced to jail for lying about a stock deal, Martha Stewart spoke to ABC's Barbara Walters of the "many other good people that have gone to prison. Look at Nelson Mandela."
A Florida woman "got her driver's license renewed after crashing her car into the very same DMV building where she took the written test."
A man "driving erratically" on a highway in Tennessee "placed a call for help to 911, saying that he was being chased by three sheriff's patrol cars."
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quote:Existing [California] law prohibits the importation, transportation, possession, or release into this state of certain wild animals, including ferrets, without a permit issued by the Department of Fish and Game. ...This bill would, notwithstanding any other provision of law, require the department to issue a certificate of amnesty to any person who owns a domestic ferret on the mainland of the State of California, if the owner of the ferret is able to produce documentation from a licensed veterinarian that the ferret has been vaccinated against rabies, and a certificate of spay or neuter issued by a licensed veterinarian. The bill would make a certificate of amnesty valid for the life of the individual ferret for which it is issued. The bill would provide that certain permitholders would not be required to apply for a certificate of amnesty. The bill would authorize the department to charge a fee in an amount of not more than $75 for the issuance of each certificate of amnesty.
The bill goes into specifics on how the program ould be administrated and what would be done with the funds. Nowhere in the bill do the words "ferret freedon act" appear. That appears to be a term the ferret fanciers used. In his veto message, the Governor said
quote: To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 89 without my signature. I love ferrets. I costarred with a ferret in Kindergarten Cop. However, this bill is far too bureaucratic and it legalizes ferrets prior to conducting an environmental impact report (EIR). I am concerned that there has not been proper study to determine whether ferrets are detrimental to the health and safety of California citizens and the environment. The EIR should be completed and evaluated as part of the decision making process before changing the legal status of ferret possession. For these reasons I am returning this measure without my signature.
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