Criminal Offenses

Disorderly Conduct

SECTION 11-11-3

§ 11-11-3. Carrying on business or entertainment in vicinity of religious meeting.

Whenever any religious society shall hold any camp, tent, grove or other out-door meeting, or the Society of General Six-principle Baptists of Rhode Island and Massachusetts shall hold their annual "general meeting," for any purpose connected with the object for which the religious society was organized, no person, without the consent of the religious society or of its proper officers, shall keep in any shop, tent, booth, wagon or carriage or other place, for sale, or expose for sale any spirituous or intoxicating liquors or other drinks or food or merchandise of any kind, or hawk or peddle any liquors or merchandise mentioned in this section within one mile of the place of the meeting, nor shall any person engage in gaming, horse racing, or exhibit or offer to exhibit any show or play within the like distance of one mile of a meeting; and every person violating any provision of this section shall be fined not exceeding twenty dollars ($20.00) nor less than five dollars ($5.00) or be imprisoned not exceeding thirty (30) days; provided, that nothing contained in this section shall be so construed as to prevent innkeepers, grocers, or other persons from pursuing their ordinary business at their usual place of doing business, nor to prevent any person from selling victuals in his or her usual place of abode.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1896, ch. 121, § 1; G.L. 1909, ch. 147, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 152, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 607, § 9; G.L. 1956, § 11-11-3.)