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[HN6] R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-9-5.
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[HN7] A state's authority to vindicate certain interests of the state and its citizens is often referred to as a parens patriae action. Parens patriae means literally parent of the country. The doctrine creates an exception to normal rules of standing applied to private citizens in recognition of the special role that a State plays in pursuing its quasi-sovereign interests in the well-being of its populace. A state's quasi-sovereign interest is thus distinct from, for example, its sovereign interest in protecting and maintaining its boundaries and its proprietary interest in owning land or conducting a business venture. It is a judicially created exception that has been narrowly construed.