The Most Controversial Laws in Each State. Laws are there to keep us safe and prevent bad things from happening. Of course, this doesn’t always work out because laws can be badly written, badly interpreted, or ignored altogether. Even if the federal government makes a law, the state’s governments are allowed to make their own. It can seem like an endless fight between different lawmakers, a fight that doesn’t always end in everyone’s best interests.
There will always be laws that not everyone agrees with. Controversy goes hand in hand with politics, so that’s no surprise. Even if the law is generally a good thing, it can anger so many. For example, citizens of Washington state were very divided on the issue of whether nurses deserve uninterrupted food and rest breaks at work. You might not expect that to be a hot button issue, but you’d be surprised.
Other states signed bills into law that were more controversial and dealt with topics like abortion, assisted suicide, medical marijuana, and immigration. Those are topics we expect to be met with criticism and anger no matter what the outcome is. It doesn’t make a difference what side you’re on, someone is getting angry when those topics are involved.
We’ve created a list of every state and their most controversial law. Some laws are serious issues that deserve attention and others just seem silly to get mad over—like the residents of one state who got mad over a new holiday. Does your state’s controversial law make you mad?