By The Associated Press
REPEALED: It's no longer a crime in Rhode Island to go online and lie about something as innocuous as your weight or your age.
LEGAL ACTION: State lawmakers voted this month to repeal an obscure 1989 law that made fibbing on the Internet a misdemeanor punishable by fines of up to $500 and as much as a year in prison.
ABOUT THE LAW: The law aimed to stop fraud and scams, but also outlawed the "transmission of false data" regardless of whether liars stood to profit from their deception or not. Only a handful of people were ever prosecuted.
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