Agriculture and Forestry

Rhode Island Seed Act

SECTION 2-6-10

§ 2-6-10. Violations and prosecutions.

(a) Every violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a civil violation punishable by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100) for the first offense and not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for each subsequent similar offense.

(b) No prosecution under this chapter shall be instituted without the individual first having been given an opportunity to appear before the director or his or her duly authorized agent, to introduce evidence either in person or by agent or attorney at a private hearing. If, after the hearing, or without the hearing in case the individual or his or her agent or attorney fails or refuses to appear, the director is of the opinion that the evidence warrants prosecution, the director shall proceed as provided in this section.

(c) It is the duty of the director to institute proceedings at once against any person charged with a violation of this chapter, if, in the judgment of the director, the information submitted warrants that action.

(d) After judgment in any case arising under this chapter, the director shall publish any information pertinent to the issuance of the judgment in any media as the director may designate from time to time.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1978, ch. 371, § 2; P.L. 2018, ch. 167, § 1; P.L. 2018, ch. 242, § 1.)