PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders soon may need to prune their trees or face a hefty fine.
The Senate passed a bill that would require residents to prune shrubbery or trees or pay a $500 fine if plant litter lands on their neighbor’s property.
The bill passed Tuesday 26-6.
Democratic Sen. Frank Ciccone says pine trees are nice in the forest, but their needles and sap don’t belong on a neighbor’s lawn, driveway or car.
Ciccone says he introduced the legislation after residents in his district expressed concerns.
The bill would require homeowners to control any plant debris if it’s a nuisance to an abutting property owner.
Republican Sen. Elaine Morgan, a dissenting vote, says homeowners shouldn’t be responsible for leaves on someone else’s lawn.
The bill now moves to the House.