2009 Rhode Island Code
Title 30 - Military Affairs and Defense
CHAPTER 30-15 - Emergency Management
§ 30-15-4 - Limitations.

SECTION 30-15-4

   § 30-15-4  Limitations. – Nothing in this chapter shall be construed:

   (1) To interfere with the course or conduct of a labor dispute except that actions otherwise authorized by this chapter or other laws may be taken when necessary to forestall or mitigate imminent or existing danger to public health or safety;

   (2) To interfere with dissemination of news or comment on public affairs; but any communications facility or organization (including but not limited to radio or television stations, wire services, and newspapers) may be required to transmit or print public service messages furnishing information or instructions in connection with a disaster emergency;

   (3) To affect the jurisdiction or responsibilities of police forces, fire fighting forces, or units of the armed forces of the United States, or of any personnel thereof, when on active duty; but state and local disaster emergency plans shall place reliance upon the forces available for performance of functions related to disaster emergencies; or

   (4) To limit, modify, or abridge the authority of the governor to proclaim martial law or exercise any other powers vested in the governor under the constitution, statutes, or common law of this state independent of, or in conjunction with, any provisions of this chapter.

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