Rhode Island lawmakers will be returning to the State House after a week-long spring break to confront a budget shortfall and hundreds of pieces of legislation still awaiting votes.
The work resumes Tuesday with legislative hearings scheduled on various bills.
The state budget and its projected $331 million deficit remain the most pressing issue before the General Assembly. Spending cuts and tax increases have been proposed but no consensus has emerged.
Other high-profile bills awaiting votes include legislation to legalize gay marriage, relax marijuana laws, address cyberbullying and tighten early release rules for prison inmates.