The General Assembly has passed and sent to the governor for his consideration legislation to increase the fines for littering in Rhode Island.
The General Assembly approved 2014-S 2721A, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, Providence, North Providence), as well as a companion House bill, 2014-H 8177A, sponsored by Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence).
The legislation, if enacted into law, 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 offending individual also pick up litter for a period of between 2 and 25 hours.)
A second or subsequent offense would see a hike in the maximum fine from the current $500 to $5,000.
Under the legislation, any persons convicted of a violation of littering would also be liable for the removal of all litter or ordered to pay restitution for the cost of removal.