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January 21, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ California’s legislature may take some of the suspense out of stopping for a service station’s bathroom, and a Connecticut legislator wants to do something about the state’s death tax.

And in Wyoming, where a legislator complains people have trouble in the dark, a legislative solution is being proposed.

From deciding on a state vegetable to selecting a state dance, legislators are meeting in their capitols and finding solutions - even if the problems aren’t obvious.

″A number of people have approached me and said that they’re precluded from getting things done because it’s dark when they come home,″ said Wyoming state Rep. Scott J. Ratliff.

He’s proposing that Wyoming break away from the other 49 and establish year-round daylight-saving time. ″I’m convinced it’s better to have the hour after coming home from work,″ he said.

Another Wyoming legislator wants to take the guesswork out of livestock- autom obile collisions.

Sen. Kelly Mader has proposed a bill that would establish a presumption that the driver - not the animal - was negligent in a collision on a public highway that runs through designated open range.

Connecticut Sen. Philip S. Robertson, a Republican, has a tax-cutting proposal: eliminate the sales tax on caskets, gravestones, cemetery plots and limousine rentals for funerals.

″Government at all levels is still doing a good job of taxing us to death, but that doesn’t mean there’s any reason to let the state tax us at death as well,″ he said.

California last year passed a law requiring gasoline service stations to provide air and water to customers. This year, a move is on to extend the law to require that service station rest rooms be clean and odor-free.

Another bill that may come up this year after being put off in 1985 would make the square dance California’s official state dance.

Proclaiming official articles is often a legislative concern, and some Vermont legislators feel a need to declare a state vegetable.

Leading contender is the fiddlehead fern, a locally popular plant that is served up like asparagus and also is made into soup. Corn backers haven’t given up the fight yet, though.

Ohio’s legislature moved late last year to fill a similar need. The legislature recognized ″Hang on Sloopy,″ a pop oldie that remains a local favorite, as the state rock song.

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