Funeral Parlors and Hooters Restaurants Don’t Mix

The Wisconsin legislature continues to work hard to address the key social issues of the day. Earlier this year the legislature banned Internet hunting and flirted with legalizing cat hunting. Now, Phil Montgomery, a Wisconsin state legislator, wants to ban funeral parlors from locating in any building that has more than one other occupant. According to the AP story, Montgomery believes “To put it in a strip mall next to a Hooters or an auto parts store doesn’t serve the industry or consumers well.” If you want to investigate this further, I’m pretty sure that there are several law review articles on SSRN validating that standalone funeral parlors significantly advance social welfare.

UPDATE: I was a little late to this “party.” In the face of some opposition from some sectors of the funeral parlor industry, Montgomery has withdrawn the bill…for now…

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