RI lawmakers to return to State House


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. 

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