We have all seen the movie Footloose, right? Whether it was the one from the 1980s or the one from the 2010s…ok, the one from the 1980s. No one saw the other one.
In 1953, the city of Fort Smith, AR established a law that banned public dancing on Sunday. In 1984, as you may have guessed, it was nicknamed the “Footloose” law. Since the time it was enacted, no one has been arrested for violating that law.
As times have changed, this law has been there has been a proposal to repeal this law. Nothing has been voted on yet, but if it is repealed that means other laws banning hunting and baseball. Why do you ask? The former mayor of Fort Smith declared:
“It is ascertained and declared that present laws are inadequate to restrain public dances upon Sundays and that such dancing greatly endangers the public health, safety and welfare,
Will things change? Time will tell.