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New RI litter laws increase fine

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 By Jennifer Petracca

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Rhode Island enacted two new litter laws: one for increases in fines for littering and the other providing for a share of litter fine revenues with local law enforcement agencies.

One new law, which will take immediate effect, will increase the fine for littering from a maximum of $500 to $1,000. The minimum would remain at $85, as would the requirement that the person who littered would also pick up litter for a period of between 2 and 25 hours.

The second new law, which also takes immediate effect, will allow local law enforcement agencies to receive a portion of any fines collected from litterers.

As a result of the legislation, 30% of any fine for littering collected as a result of a complaint by a local law enforcement agency will be remitted to that agency.

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