Every state across the country has its fair shares of outdated laws and statutes. Rhode Island is no different. Take, for example, the ‘swearing’ law. Every person guilty of profane swearing and cursing shall be fined up to $5. If that law was actually enforced, most sporting events would be a goldmine in terms of collecting money. Can you believe that’s actually a law? It’s as if the state is trying to have its very own household curse jar!
While certain laws such as the ‘swearing’ law are laughable and, in the end, harmless, other outdated laws, especially ones concerning businesses, can be harmful and a hindrance to economic growth and business development. In this case, these outdated laws should be thrown out with the trash and curse jars. Ideally, laws should maintain safety and the togetherness of the community. They should also exist to help spur growth and development. If any part of the community isn’t experiencing growth and development, legislators and politicians need to take a long, hard look at what’s going on, and that means removing outdated laws that are just collecting dust and serve no real purpose.
Thankfully, Rhode Island is being proactive when it comes to the matter, as pointed out in this article by ABC 6. The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill aimed at getting rid of the state’s outdated statutes. Not only that, there are plans to create a joint committee that will review laws and see which ones are no longer needed. What do you think of this plan? Will it work out? Are there any laws you think aren’t needed? Let us know in the comments below.