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Middleborough OK’s range of fines

Aimed at curbing civil misconduct

MIDDLEBOROUGH — It just got easier to keep things clean in Middleborough, whether it is the mouths of combative adolescents swarming the town center or people who think nothing of dropping trash on the street.

Town Meeting members, by a 183 to 50 tally, voted Monday to decriminalize a range of longstanding bylaws that regulate antisocial offenses, including excessive swearing in public, at a $20 fine; littering, at $50; shoveling snow into the street, $50; and public smoking of marijuana, which has a fine of $300.

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