Rhode Island lawmakers meet for rare Saturday session

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island lawmakers have convened for a rare Saturday session to finish their legislative session.

The House will meet at noon and the Senate will gather at 2 p.m.

The lawmakers had hoped to finish the session Friday.

House spokesman Larry Berman says he doesn’t expect the chamber to take up major bills Saturday. He says lawmakers would mostly just tie up loose ends.

The General Assembly’s highest-profile initiatives have been settled. Both chambers approved a bill late Friday night to help secure the Pawtucket Red Sox’s future in the state. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the state’s 2019 budget Friday morning.

The Senate notably rejected a revised draft of an equal pay bill passed by the House. Opponents said the new version actually weakened protections.

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