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The Rhode Island State Senate just passed a bill (26-6) to require Rhode Islanders to prune their shrubbery and trees or face a $500 fine if the leaves land on someone else’s property.
Rhode Islanders to prune their shrubbery and trees or face a $500 fine
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: onehuman
I really don't have a problem with this and I'll tell you why.
I just spent the last 3+ years living in a house with no trees on my property. But the neighbors had trees.
And there was a HOA and one of the terms was you couldn't have excess leave in the yard. (Excess having a completely arbitrary definition) so I had to rake the leaves every week that weren't mine or get fined by the HOA.
Now, I don't mind raking leaves every once in a while. But I work upwards of 100 hrs a week regularly. So when I do get off I'm generally worn out. And having to worry about whether or not I have excess leaves in my yard is annoying.
So I agree with this in spirit, but some type of defined amount of leaves should be agreed on.
Ciccone represents Senate District 7, serving parts of Providence and North Providence. He later clarified that his bill was motivated by constituents who complained about the needles and sap from neighbors' pine trees coming into their yards, and was not meant to address leaves from trees.
Ciccone said most fallen leaves don't count as debris, but the bill doesn't make that distinction.
"It's not so much the leaves but the pine needles. They blow into windows," he said.