A year ago, I called on the legislature to update its employment laws to reflect modern realities. (It’s actually something I’ve done for a number of years, but who’s counting?)
One of the laws I highlighted restricted “telegraph” companies from distributing goods or messages in the overnight hours. Because the telegraph no longer is used in the United States, it just seemed to me that it was time the legislature do something about that law.
Thanks to a tip from Attorney Jay Wolman, I’m happy to report that earlier this year, the legislature deleted the provision regarding telegraphs in a bill entitled, properly, “AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL AND MINOR REVISIONS TO AND REPEAL OF OBSOLETE PROVISIONS OF ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY STATUTES.”
And there, in section 36, is the deletion of the word “telegraph” from Section 31-16 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Let us all mourn the telegraph.
But just in case you rely on that provision, note that messenger services still have some restrictions. But with all the modern day inventions (did someone say Amazon “drones”?), will that too see some revision in the upcoming decades?