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Iowa Town May Make Lying a Crime

March 28, 2003

MOUNT STERLING, Iowa (AP) _ Lying could be perceived as more than just a character flaw in this southeast Iowa town. It could become a crime.

Four City Council members have proposed an ordinance against fibbing.

Acting Mayor Jo Hamlet said he’s tired of the exaggerating that comes with stories in the town of 40 residents famous for its hunting and fishing.

``We wanted to slow down on this lying,″ Hamlet said this week. ``Plus, I’m bored. ... It’s been a long winter.″

Hamlet said the ordinance has a chance of passing.

``We’re going to beat it around,″ he said. ``You never know with the City Council around here what’s going to happen.″

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