Environment Council of Rhode Island

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Protected Lands

General Bill Info

Legislative Topic: 
Land
Bill Year: 
2017
Brief Bill Description: 

This legislation increases penalties for people who cut trees, steal stone walls or otherwise intentionally vandalize or damaging protected lands. Current penalties are so low that they are not a deterrent. The legislation, patterned after an effective law in Connecticut, increases the fines for people convicted and enables land trusts and municipalities to recoup costs for restoring protected lands that are willfully damaged.

Legislative Activity Type: 
Bill

ECRI Position

ECRI Pro/Con: 
Support
Leg Agenda/Priority: 
Legislative Agenda