Sponsor says he's pulling bill to outlaw outhouses


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The sponsor of a bill that would outlaw outhouses in Rhode Island told WJAR on Wednesday that he is pulling the measure.

Republican state Rep. Justin Price said he decided to have localities and the state Department of Environmental Management look into the matter.

The Providence Journal reported that the bill co-sponsored by Price and Democratic state Rep. Arthur Handy would have required any outhouse existing as of January 2019 be "abandoned, filled up and destroyed" within one year.

Price said the bill was inspired by former Warwick residents who lived within smelling distance of their neighbor's outhouse.

Those who refuse to comply could face up to a $1,000 fine. Outhouses used on the grounds of historical structures would be exempt.

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