Rhode Island lawmakers enter busy final week
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Proposals to guarantee paid sick leave, disarm domestic abusers and ban the use of hand-held phones while driving are among dozens of bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly as it enters what is expected to be its final week.
The state Senate is scheduled to vote on a $9.2 billion budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Saturday. The state House of Representatives approved the tax-and-spending plan last week after an hours-long debate.
But even after the Senate OKs the budget and sends it to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, both legislative chambers have many more bills to vote on before they adjourn for the year.
The House, which usually meets from Tuesday through Thursday, will start its marathon week of end-of-session deliberations a day early on Monday.
A look at the issues: