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by Charles Woods
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Laws and Change
A law is a rule that people must follow.
Laws keep us safe.
Our country has laws. States have laws.
Towns and cities have laws, too.
We vote for people who work in the
government. These people make laws.

Some places have laws that seem strange
today. Long ago, people rode horses.
Now people drive cars. Some places
still have laws about horses. Others have
changed the laws.

Attention Horse Owners!

In Indiana, you may not ride a
horse faster than 10 miles an hour.
WhatÕs Behind a Law?
You may not throw snowballs in Kansas.
That may sound silly. But what if the
snowball hit a window? The law keeps
people safe.
No one may wear a hat at a movie in
Georgia. Hats made it hard to see the movie.
So people passed a law.

In Oklahoma, you may not play ball on
a street. Many children donÕt like this law.
This keeps children safe from cars.
You must ask to land an airplane in a
park in Minnesota. Without this law, parks
might become airports!

Did You Know?
¥ In Ohio you can not color a chicken.
¥ Skunks may not be carried into Tennessee.

¥ In Kansas you may not sing on streets
at night.
¥ In Arkansas, you can not honk a car horn
at a sandwich shop if it is after 9 P.M.

1. Why do we have laws?
2. Who makes the laws?
3. When do people decide to make
new laws?
4. What might happen if we did not
have laws?

If you could make a law, what would

it be? Tell why your law is needed.

Illustration Credits Jackie Decker