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Old laws in Rhode Island govern dueling, horses on highways

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  • FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, file photo, wild rockweed seaweed grows on the coast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Rhode Island House Majority Whip John Edwards is taking aim at archaic laws that are holdovers from the past. One bill would repeal a law restricting the amount of seaweed Barrington, R.I., residents can take from the public beach to use as fertilizer, and forbidding residents of other towns from taking seaweed. Edwards has introduced five bills so far and hopes to file up to 50 bills in 2018 to remove arbitrary statutes.

    FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, file photo, wild rockweed seaweed grows on the coast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Rhode Island House Majority Whip John Edwards is taking aim at archaic laws that are holdovers from the past. One bill would repeal a law restricting the amount of seaweed Barrington, R.I., residents can take from the public beach to use as fertilizer, and forbidding residents of other towns from taking seaweed. Edwards has introduced five bills so far and hopes to file up to 50 bills in 2018 to remove arbitrary statutes.
    Associated Press

 
 

Archaic laws that are a holdover from a time when people fought in duels a la Alexander Hamilton and rode horses on highways would be struck from the books in Rhode Island if a lawmaker has his way.

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