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The government of the State of Ohio consists of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. Its basic structure is set forth in the Constitution and law of Ohio. The state government is primarily organized into several cabinet or administrative departments. There are also several levels of local government in Ohio: counties, municipalities (cities and villages), townships, special districts and school districts.

#1 It’s illegal to fish for whales on a Sunday. Technically, this means you can go whaling on any other day, even though there are no whales in Ohio waters.

#2 Women may not wear patent leather shoes in public.

#3 Getting a fish drunk is strictly prohibited. (However, what if the fish’s BAC doesn’t reach 0.08?)

#4 According to the Ohio driver’s ed manual, every time you pass another car, you must honk your horn.

#5 No more than four women are allowed to live in a house.

#6 If you lose your pet tiger, you must notify the proper authorities within the hour. (We hope the tiger cage at the Cincinnati Zoo is secure.)

#7 In Bexley, Ohio, it’s illegal to install and use slot machines in outhouses. (We’re very curious at the story behind this law.)

#8 In Akron, Ohio, displaying colored chickens for sale is prohibited. (Which colors are prohibited?)

#9 Also in Akron, it’s illegal to post signs at swimming pools. (What a strange law! What if it’s a “no running” sign?)

#10 In Bay Village, you may not walk a cow down Lake Road. (So specific! We assume it’s fine to walk a cow down the rest of the roads, then?

#11 According to Ohio law, it's against the law to kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church without a license.

#12 Cleveland: It's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license!

#13 Clinton County: Any person who leans against a public building will be subject to fines.

#14 In Chillicothe, Ohio it is illegal to throw rice at weddings.

#15 Columbus: It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.

#16 It is legal to throw a snake at someone but it is illegal to shake a snake at someone.

#17 Items left on a tree lawn become city property.

#18 Marion: You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street.

#19 McDonald: Your goose may not paraded down Main Street.

#20 No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.

#21 You may not run out of gas.

#22 In the city of Canton, putting up an electric fence around your property is considered to be a crime.

#23 You can’t make ‘Yo Momma’ jokes in shopping centers

#24 Cleveland: It's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license!

#25 Clinton County: Any person who leans against a public building will be subject to fines.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this short list of weird laws from Ohio. When starting a business in the state, you need to understand the rules and regulations that are imposed on businesses.

  • Resources
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    4. https://forestgrove.pgusd.org/documents/Computer-Lab/Strange-State-Laws.pdf
    5. https://ohio.gov/government
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