Tinted-windows bill aimed at protecting legislators, law enforcement

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(HE) A RHODE ISLAND LAWMAKER HAS INTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD LET LEGISLATORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT GET *ALL* OF THEIR VEHICLE'S WINDOWS TINTED– SOMETHING THAT'S NOT CURRENTLY ALLOWED FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC (MM) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER ANITA BAFFONI SPOKE WITH THAT LEGISLATOR —-AND A LOCAL TINT COMPANY AND JOINS US NOW WITH THE NEW DETAILS

A LAW CURRENTLY ON THE BOOKS SAYS RHODE ISLANDERS CAN'T COMPLETELY DARKEN THEIR FRONT WINDOWS OR WINDSHIELD WITH TINT ONE PROVIDENCE LAWMAKER WANTS TO CHANGE THAT, BUT JUST FOR LEGISLATORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAYING THEY SHOULD HAVE THE CHOICE TO BE SHIELDED FROM ANGRY CONSTITUENTS

RHODE ISLAND LAW STATES MOST CAR WINDOWS MUST ALLOW 70 PERCENT OF THE LIGHT INSIDE BUT REPRESENTATIVE ANASTASIA WILLIAMS SAYS BECAUSE OF THE TENSE POLITICAL CLIMATE WE ARE IN LEGISLATORS, JUDGES, FIREFIGHTERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THAT LAW

SHE SAYS THEIR SAFETY IN THEIR PERSONAL LIFE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT "It calls for it to be tinted enough that where you look you can see someone but you can't necessarily make out who that someone is" WILLIAMS USED EXAMPLES OF DISGRUNTLED CONSTITUENTS WHO HAVE APPROACHED HER AND OTHERS AFTER TENSE DEBATES AT THE STATE HOUSE SHE SAYS IT'S NOT ABOUT SPECIAL TREATMENTIT'S MORE ABOUT SAFETY "It's about realistically looking at the type of work that we do and looking at society and how they have changed" "Are they saying we are all criminals and we are going to go after, you know, I don't understand why they would be allowed to have it and regular citizens would not

" ROBERT ANATONE OWNS PROVIDENCE TINT HE SAYS IN MASSACHUSETTS, THEY MANDATE JUST 35 PERCENT OF LIGHT BE LET INSIDE THE VEHICLE "You know, at least go by what other states do

" WILLIAMS SAYS SHE WANTS TO PROTECT LEGISLATORS AND OTHER EXEMPT INDIVIDUALS FROM A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION "Rhode Island is very well known for after the fact We reactlests be proactive

" WILLIAMS EXPLAINED THE BILL WILL NOT MANDATE THE CHANGE IT WILL BE UP TO THOSE EXEMPT TO DECIDE IF THEY WANT TO TINT THEIR WINDOWS

THE BILL WAS SENT TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE HOUSE SPEAKER TELLS ME AT THAT POINT, THE SPEAKER WILL ASSESS THE BILL AND PUBLIC'S TESTIMONY

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