NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Litterbugs now face stiffer penalties in Rhode Island.

The General Assembly said Monday the governor has signed legislation that raises the maximum fine for littering from $500 to $1,000 for the first offense, and from $500 to $5,000 for a second offense. The minimum fine remains at $85.

Anyone convicted of littering would also be liable for removing the litter or paying restitution to cover the cost.

Another new law allows local law enforcement agencies to receive a portion of the fines collected for littering. Currently these fines go into the state's general fund.

Both laws take effect immediately.

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