- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a bill making it a crime in Rhode Island for civilians to electronically track a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

The Democrat signed it into law Tuesday.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello introduced the legislation he calls an “anti-stalking” measure. It easily passed through both chambers of the General Assembly.

The Cranston Democrat says technological advances such as smartphones and GPS have given domestic abusers a cheap tool to secretly monitor their victims.

Punishment for violating the misdemeanor law is up to a year in prison or a $1,000 fine.

The law exempts law enforcement investigations, parents monitoring the whereabouts and driving habits of their children and businesses tracking employees at work.

Several states now have laws against secretly installing GPS devices in vehicles.

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