Snow taxes and night weddings, goodbye to forgotten laws


By John

A piece of Italy that is leaving, and only history remains, together with the abolition of another 3,637 royal decrees in the CDM which, added to those already repealed, exceed 20 thousand. On the proposal of the Minister for Reforms, Maria Elisabetta Casellati, a total of 22,574 measures have been cancelled, which tell a cross-section of pre-republican Italy. With the approval of the council of ministers, the objective of repealing 20,000 royal decrees by July was achieved and exceeded. Among the many, the one that established the ‘Administrative-accounting regulation of the Royal Banana Monopoly Company’ was cancelled, but also that for the approval of the ‘regulation for the application of the law concerning the breeding and use of racing pigeons’ . The ‘Amendments to the regulation on the requisition of quadrupeds and vehicles for the Royal Army and the Royal Navy’; the ‘establishment of the Consortium for the colonization of Genale in Italian Somalia’, the ‘Suppression of the National Institute for the anti-malarial rehabilitation of the Pontine Region’.

In the first stage of the simplification process, in addition to carrier pigeons, 2,535 decrees dating back to the decade 1861-1870. These range from the extension to all citizens of the Kingdom of the right to compete for free places in the Naples College of Music, to the decrees determining taxes on livestock; from the one on the regulation of the Firefighters Corps of Forlì, to the one that approved the anonymous society of the canape spinning mill in Bagnacavallo, passing through the authorization to the municipality of Cerignola to impose a duty on the snow. It was a real logging operation. Among the other repealed royal decrees there is also one from 1872 which ‘approved the Italian General Society for removable latrines and for the manufacture of fertilizers in Florence’. But also another older than eight years that ‘regulated the tax on the rental of goods imported and exported by land and sea in the city of Bari and its province’.

In 1874 however, a royal decree increased ‘the number of firemen of the Royal torpedo launcher’ Pietro Micca. There was another one about the wedding at night, from 1877 which, in turn, annulled ‘the resolution of the municipality of Lucca, relating to the imposition of a tax on marriage certificates celebrated at night’. The one dated 14 July 1895 also saw its end, ‘which authorizes the municipality of Pesaro to continue to collect in lieu of and in compensation for the minute sale tax on vinous and spirited beverages, on must and grapes, an additional higher duty to 50 per cent of the government for the introduction of these beverages in the duty line’. It is 4 years after what ‘transforms the pious retreat house of Crema into a shelter for poor girls’. Lastly, the royal decree of 1866 which gave ‘full and complete execution of the Declaration signed in Cairo on December 21, 1885, concerning the suppression of the slave trade’, also carves out a slice of history that is not secondary.