On the Consignment of Coal in South Carolina

South Carolina allows consignees of coal to to double check the weight of their delivery, even in transit.

Consignees of coal or other articles delivered in carload lots may have same reweighed.

Any consignee of coal or other articles to be delivered to him in carload lots by any common carrier at any point within the limits of this State where such common carrier maintains track scales may demand that such coal or other articles to be reweighed before delivery to him by such common carrier and such common carrier, within forty-eight hours after such demand, shall reweigh such articles and deliver to such consignee a written, or partly written and partly printed, statement, showing the true weight thereof.

Why South Carolinians are so distrustful of coal shipments, we may never know.

On Opening Bales of Cotton

Alabama has some very specific criminal rules regarding who can open a bale of cotton:

Any person who, without authority of the owner, consignee or agent, willfully or wantonly cuts, tears or otherwise opens any bail of cotton or takes any sample therefrom shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

So, be careful out there. Don’t go around wantonly cutting open cotton bales.

On Reuse of Egg Cartons in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Statute Title 2, Section 10-77 states:

It shall be a violation of this subarticle for any person other than those exempted in Section 10-77 of the Oklahoma Agricultural Code:
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8. To use a retail egg container more than one time;

The act also requires that graded eggs bear certain markings on the egg carton, which may explain the prohibition on reuse, but as drafted it seems a little over-inclusive.

On Selling Potatoes in North Dakota

I may have to do a multi-part series on this law. North Dakota has a relatively lengthy statute regarding the sale of potatoes. You can read the entire law here.

In the mean time here’s one delightful section:

A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor and subject to a civil penalty in an amount up to five hundred dollars per violation . . . if the person:

1. Makes any false statement or report as to the grade, condition, markings, quality, or quantity of potatoes received or delivered, or acts in a manner designed to deceive the consignor or purchaser of the potatoes;

2. Breaches any contract for the purchase or sale of potatoes to which the person was a party unless the breach is based on a state inspection certificate, secured with reasonable promptness after receipt of the shipment and showing that the kind or quality of potatoes is not that which was purchased or ordered;

3. Fails to account for potatoes or to pay for potatoes within the time required by this chapter

It goes on for several more paragraphs afterwards. But breaching a contract regarding the sale of potatoes is a criminal misdemeanor in North Dakota.

On Importation of Whiskey into Nevada

Nevada has certain limitations on the importation of whiskey into the state.

Certain whiskeys not to be imported; exception.
1.  After January 1, 1948, no importer or consignee of liquors shall import or accept any consignment of liquors labeled or sold as whiskey, unless the same be straight whiskey or blends of straight whiskeys aged in charred oak containers for 2 or more years after distillation and before bottling, or a blended whiskey, unless the same contain not less than 20 percent of straight whiskey or whiskeys aged in charred oak containers for 2 or more years after distillation and before bottling, blended with neutral spirits.
2.  Nothing in subsection 1 shall apply to imported Scotch, Irish or Canadian whiskey.

Interestingly, this potentially prohibits the importation of certain kinds of bourbon whiskey, which has no legal requirement for minimum aging.

On Selling Candies in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana has an interesting statute about selling candies in the state:

No manufacturer of candies or sweets or transient vendor selling candies or sweets, shall consign to or leave any candies or manufactured sweets on consignment with any person, firm or corporation other than schools, churches, religious societies and civil organization, who has not paid the privilege or license tax, required by law in order to obtain a license to sell and dispose of the articles.

Why you don’t need a license to sell candies to churches or schools eludes me. The fine for a first violation is $100; $500 for a subsequent violation.

Selya’s Word of the Day

Limn (limning) – to highlight something with bright light.

Such parties must also (with some exceptions) obtain a permit for each sign. See id. § 3.02(2)(a); see also id. § 3.02(2)(b) (limning exceptions for, inter alia, on-premise signs, on-property for sale or for rent signs, artistic signs, and signs “erected solely for . . . public elections”).

In this appeal Selya reinstated a case challenging Massachusetts billboard regulations on First Amendment grounds. The First Circuit makes something of a habit of striking down Massachusetts state regulations and statutes.

On Form and Format of Computer Readable Submissions

The United States Patent and Trademark Office allows inventors to submit nucleotide or amino acid sequeneces to the Office in computer readable media. The Office promulgated regulations regarding the media on which they may be submitted.


(c) Computer readable form files submitted may be in any of the following media:
(1) Diskette: 3.50 inch, 1.44 Mb storage; 3.50 inch, 720 Kb storage; 5.25 inch, 1.2 Mb storage; 5.25 inch, 360 Kb storage.
(2) Magnetic tape: 0.5 inch, up to 24000 feet; Density: 1600 or 6250 bits per inch, 9 track; Format: Unix tar command; specify blocking factor (not “block size”); Line Terminator: ASCII Carriage Return plus ASCII Line Feed.
(3) 8mm Data Cartridge: Format: Unix tar command; specify blocking factor (not “block size”); Line Terminator: ASCII Carriage Return plus ASCII Line Feed.
(4) Compact disc: Format: ISO 9660 or High Sierra Format.
(5) Magneto Optical Disk: Size/Storage Specifications: 5.25 inch, 640 Mb.

[ruffles through office] I know I have a five-and-a-quarter disc here somewhere.

On Maine Moose Permits

13. Hunting adventure permits for children. Notwithstanding subsection 6 and section 11102, the commissioner may issue 2 moose permits to a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hunting and fishing adventures to children under 21 years of age with life-threatening, critical or terminal illnesses.

ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 12 Sec. 11154 Moose permit. I think it’s great that Maine has an exception to their hunting permit statutes for this kind of activity. Though, I wonder how many nonprofits there are that are dedicated to taking terminal children hunting.

On Free Seedlings in Mississippi

Mississippi’s Forestry Commission may provide free seedlings to farmers and schools.

(1) To encourage better land use, to assist in controlling headwaters, to prevent soil erosion, to help increase community and individual farm incomes, and to assist schools in forest education and timber management, the Mississippi Forestry Commission is hereby authorized to produce and make available to farm owners and to schools of this state, having lands contiguous to the school site suitable for reforestation, free commercial tree seedlings not to exceed five thousand (5,000) trees per farm owner per year, and not to exceed five thousand (5,000) trees per school, providing the farm owner or owners and school trustees desiring such seedlings enter into a cooperative agreement with the state forestry commission assuring the commission of the proper planting, care, and protection of all seedlings thus furnished from fire and wasteful cutting The minimum number of seedlings furnished any consignee under this section shall not be less than one thousand (1,000).

There may be a penalty of up to $10.00 per thousands trees that are planted in violation of the section.