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Lawmakers discuss gas station condom law

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Posted at 11:21 AM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 13:21:48-05

Every year, someone sifts through the Idaho code and digs up an odd law from a different era.

The House Health and Welfare Committee heard about a statute requiring gas stations to apply for the right to sell condoms.

The law was written early in the 20th century, and has barely been touched since then.

According to the code, anyone selling prophylactics or contraceptives must submit an annual application to conduct that business. It comes with the steep registration fee of $1.00, according to Alex Adams, a representative from the Idaho Board of Pharmacy.

The next time you go to fill up, look around the building. The statute requires the approved registration "be conspicuously displayed."

It may be a tough hunt. Adams said the statute hasn't been enforced "since the Clinton administration," adding it's a good time to clean up the code.