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Rhode Island Bill Would Flush Out Outhouses

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Could the crescent-moon door be closed for good on outhouses in Rhode Island?

The Providence Journal reports that a bill that will get outhouses out of the state will be part of a public hearing Thursday night.

The bill would require any outhouse existing as of January 2019 be "abandoned, filled up and destroyed" within one year.

Republican Rep. Justin Price, who co-sponsored the bill, said the bill was inspired by former Warwick residents who lived within smelling distance of their neighbor's outhouse. The proposed bill would have the state Department of Environmental Management enforce the ban.

Those who do not comply with the law could face up to a $1,000 fine. Outhouses used on the grounds of historical structures would be exempt.

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