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Contest for college students helps San Francisco find outdated laws


A San Francisco supervisor has identified some outdated laws with the help of a contest for college students.

Spurred on by the offer of a $1,000 scholarship for the best efforts, they pored through the city code on an open data website and pointed out 30 provisions that are candidates for revision or repeal, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Supervisor Mark Farrell selected two San Francisco State University students as the winners and on Tuesday asked the city attorney to arrange for the elimination of two laws. One provides for permits to keep cows on private property and the other says service stations must have separate restrooms for men and women.

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