When debris from trees or shrubs, blowing in the wind through an act of God, can get someone fined five hundred dollars ($500) “for each offense” (Is that per leave, or needle?) for violations under R.I. Gen. Law Title 11 “Criminal Offenses”, reform is needed, because there is a “deeper pathology” at play here and it is called “over-criminalization.”
This is a perfect example of not only that our Government is broken, but how broken it has become, for what everyone has missed thus-far is hiding in plain sight, because this Bill has nothing to do with debris from trees or shrubs, or a “nuisance”- but, everything to do with crony self-serving interests of our government officials through misuse of their positions. “Lawyer-legislators” provocateurs looking to drum up more business for themselves and more money for their cities and towns. *See ‘ALL’ the occupations of the co-sponsors of this Bill below.
Who better to understand, that by making more criminals they are creating a larger revenue stream for themselves and the bureaucracy. And when there aren’t enough criminals, they use their positions to create them with the swipe of a pen by declaring so many things to be violations or crimes, that it becomes impossible for Citizens to live in a free society without breaking laws that they aren’t even aware of most of the time. This is no way to serve – I mean rule – innocent subjects.
In a state overrun by attorneys, Rhode Islanders should be living is a place of security, but instead it’s quite to the contrary. We live in a state mostly of lawyers who are either corrupt, or neutered – where justice is purchased and truth has become the new enemy. Congratulations Rhode Island Bar Association! Where the hell have you been for the past generations guarding what our ‘once’ proud state was founded upon… freedom of conscience and Independence? For, “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
So, understand this completely, we of Fed Up in RI are not amused by this in any way, but take it very seriously. The issue of over-criminalization is an issue of liberty, and securing our liberties is the reason we created this government in the first place.
“We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same, unimpaired, to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution of government.”
Therefore, the only real nuisance we see dangerous to the public – is this proposed legislation, whereas, it is an act that seeks to damage and inconvenience the rights of the community by substantially interfering with the enjoyment or use of one’s property, by turning their very landscapes, including the leaves in their trees that are meant to be enjoyed, into objects of liability against them under criminal code for selfish ill-‘legal’ revenue enhancement.
Maybe it’s time to give them a call and let them know the People are not pawns for their profession!
Senate Bill No. 2103
BY Ciccone, Archambault, Lombardi, McCaffrey, Jabour
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES – TITLE 11
TRESPASS AND VANDALISM (Requires a property owner to maintain trees or shrubs that create a nuisance to an abutting property owner.http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText16/SenateText16/S2103.pdf
Ciccone is employed by the RI Laborers’ District Council.
He can be reached at (401) 276-5582
Elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 2002 (CAREER POLITICIAN)
Archambault is a self employed attorney and also serves as *Prosecutor for the Town of Lincoln .
He can be reached at (401) 276-5589
Law Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 2012
Lombardi is a self employed attorney
He can be reached at (401) 453-3900
Elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 2012
McCaffrey is a self employed attorney
He can be reached at (401) 463-7444
Law Office: mccaffreylawoffice.com
Elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1994 (CAREER POLITICIAN)
Jabour is a self employed attorney and also serves as *Chief Clerk of the Providence Probate Court
He can be reached at (401) 751-3300
Elected to the Rhode Island House of Representative, 1985;
Elected to the Rhode Island Senate 2006. (CAREER POLITICIAN)