York City Council repeals ‘Masher’ Law

The York City Council has repealed the city's old “masher law.'' The repeal is part of the council's effort to eliminate local laws that are outdated or now covered by state law.

The dictionary says mashers are men who make unwanted advances to women they don't know, especially in public places. The city code had said it was unlawful for any male person to “wrongfully molest or force or attempt to force his presence or attentions upon any female person against her desire or consent.''

The city attorney said the ordinance was too vague and that the outlawed actions were already covered by state law.