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July 3, 1995


I am transmitting to the Secretary of State, with my signature, 95-S-981 Substitute A, "An Act Relating to Hotels, Housing and Innkeepers."

This legislation gives innkeepers the right to eject persons from or refuse to admit them to hotel property for certain enumerated offenses. It also prevents innkeepers, absent fault or negligence, from assuming liability for the loss of guests' personal property held outside of their room unless the innkeeper agrees, in writing, to the contrary.

I support this legislation because it will improve our hotel and tourism industries, both critical to the State's economic vitality. I write, however, to express my concern over the drafting of section 5-14-5(3) of this legislation which allows an innkeeper to refuse admission to people under 18 if they are not in "proper condition." This language is vague and overly broad. It should not be interpreted to deny admission to people under 18 for reasons other than those listed in sections 5-14-5(1) and 5-14-5(2) or for an inability to pay their charges. I have received a commitment from the Rhode Island Hospitality Association that it will have a bill introduced, at the next session, to remedy this drafting problem.

With this assurance, I sign this bill into law.


Lincoln Almond