PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Archaic laws that are a holdover from a time when people fought in duels a la Alexander Hamilton and rode horses on highways would be struck from the books in Rhode Island if a lawmaker has his way.
House Majority Whip John Edwards picked some of the silliest laws to start with. Since at least 1798, it’s been illegal to arrange to meet another person and engage in a fight. It’s also illegal to test the speed of a horse on public highways.
The Democratic Edwards has tried for years to create a joint committee within the General Assembly to review laws and recommend ones to strike.
That idea didn’t gain traction so he’s introducing bills to repeal old laws individually.
He has introduced five. He hopes to file up to 50 bills this year to remove arbitrary statutes.