Chapter 330

2007 -- H 5211 SUBSTITUTE A

Enacted 07/07/07


A N  A C T



     Introduced By: Representatives Rice, Lally, Crowley, Giannini, and Long

     Date Introduced: January 25, 2007


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 11-45-1 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-45 entitled "Disorderly

Conduct" is hereby amended to read as follows:


     11-45-1. Disorderly conduct. -- (a) A person commits disorderly conduct if he or she

intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

      (1) Engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior;

      (2) In a public place or near a private residence that he or she has no right to occupy,

disturbs another person by making loud and unreasonable noise which under the circumstances

would disturb a person of average sensibilities;

      (3) Directs at another person in a public place offensive words which are likely to

provoke a violent reaction on the part of the average person so addressed;

      (4) Alone or with others, obstructs a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway,

building entrance, elevator, aisle, stairway, or hallway to which the public or a substantial group

of the public has access or any other place ordinarily used for the passage of persons, vehicles, or


      (5) Engages in conduct which obstructs or interferes physically with a lawful meeting,

procession, or gathering;

      (6) Enters upon the property of another and for a lascivious purpose looks into an

occupied dwelling or other building on the property through a window or other opening; or

     (7) Who without the knowledge or consent of the individual, looks for a lascivious

purpose through a window, or any other opening into an area in which another would have a

reasonable expectation of privacy, including, but not limited to, a restroom, locker room, shower,

changing room, dressing room, bedroom, or any other such private area, not withstanding any

property rights the individual may have in the location in which the private area is located.

      (7)(8) Exposes his or her genitals to the view of others another person under

circumstances in which his or her conduct is likely to cause affront, distress, or alarm to the other


      (b) Any person, including a police officer, may be a complainant for the purposes of

instituting action for any violation of this section.

      (c) Any person found guilty of the crime of disorderly conduct shall be imprisoned for a

term of not more than six (6) months, or fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both.

      (d) Where the provisions of "The Domestic Violence Prevention Act", chapter 29 of title

12, are applicable, the penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as

provided in section 12-29-5.

      (e) In no event shall subdivisions (a)(2) -- (5) of this section be construed to prevent

lawful picketing or lawful demonstrations including, but not limited to, those relating to a labor


      (f) In no event shall the provisions of this section be construed to apply to breast feeding

in public.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.



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