Chapter 184
2015 -- S 0348 SUBSTITUTE A
Enacted 07/09/2015

A N   A C T

Introduced By: Senators Miller, and Goldin
Date Introduced: February 12, 2015

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Chapter 34-37 of the General Laws entitled "Rhode Island Fair Housing
Practices Act" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
     34-37-5.5. Freedom of condominium owners and apartment renters to display
certain religious items. – (a) Except as otherwise provided by this section, a landlord or owner,
as defined in § 34-18-11; a management committee, as defined in § 34-36-3; or an association
of unit owners, as defined in § 34-36.1-1.03 (hereinafter "property owners"); may not enforce
or adopt a restrictive covenant or otherwise prohibit a unit owner or tenant from displaying or
affixing on the entry to the unit owner's or tenant's dwelling one or more religious items, the
display of which is motivated by the unit owner's or tenant's sincere religious belief.
     (b) This section does not prohibit the enforcement or adoption of a covenant that, to the
extent allowed by the constitutions of this state and the United States, prohibits the display or
affixing of a religious item on the entry to the unit owner's or tenant's dwelling that:
     (1) Threatens the public health or safety;
     (2) Violates the provisions of chapter 37 of title 34 or any other state or federal law
barring discrimination in housing, or any other law;
     (3) Is in a location other than the entry door or door frame or extends past the outer edge
of the door frame of the unit owner's or resident's dwelling; or
     (4) Individually, or in combination with each other religious item displayed or affixed on
the entry door or door frame, has a total size of greater than twenty-five (25) square inches.
     (c) Except as otherwise provided, this section does not authorize a unit owner or tenant
to use a material or color for an entry door or door frame of the owner's or resident's dwelling or
make an alteration to the entry door or door frame that is not authorized by the restrictive
covenant governing the dwelling.
     (d) A property owner's association may remove an item displayed in violation of a
restrictive covenant permitted by this section.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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