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June 6, 2006

What Will Leno Say Now?

Posted by David Postman at 1:12 PM

Today is the last day that it is legal in Washington state to have sex with animals. Tomorrow is the effective date for SB 6417, "Prohibiting sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal."

In one of the stranger legislative efforts in recent years, a bill outlawing bestiality was approved by this year's Legislature. The move came after a man died after having sex with a horse and legislators realized the act was not illegal.

The bill's prime sponsor, Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, said it was surprisingly difficult to get the bill passed. Not because people were opposed to the bestiality ban, but because the issue had such a high profile "it would upstage everything."

"This was a big issue in the fact that it was so different, so big in fact that Rush Limbaugh talked about it over a series of days. It was so so big that both Jay Leno and David Letterman talked about it over days. But it was something we didn't want to acknowledge so we pretended it didn't exist."

The bill moved quicker out of the Senate than the House, and Roach, who has been insistent in reminding people the act in question took place outside Enumclaw not in Enumclaw, said the bill would have moved faster in the House "but downtown Seattle had a hard time wanting the bill."

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