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Duels, walkathons and turnip snatching: Michigan scrubs outdated laws from books

Cursing at women and children?  Stealing from a vegetable garden?  Belting “The Star-Spangled Banner” off key?

Committing all three could have gotten someone a criminal record in Michigan – but those days may soon be a thing of the past.

Lawmakers used the week to scrub some outdated laws off the books.

The lower chamber approved seven separate bills to repeal old laws. 

Introduced in August, the long-awaited vote unanimously passed the Senate Wednesday and is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for approval. 

“A law that is not enforced is not worth having,” bill sponsor state Rep. Chris Afendoulis, told the Detroit Free Press this week.

“Each day, citizens are around out great state and violating laws that they’re not even aware of.”

Other obscure unenforced crimes under revision include ads against sexually transmitted diseases, challenging someone to a duel, and endurance competitions, like walkathons.

The legislation is set to go to Gov. Rick Snyder for the final approval. According to his press office, Snyder “supports the concept of getting rid of archaic and obsolete laws that are on the books.”

Fox News' Ross Powers and The Associated Press contributed to this report