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Pols And Protesters Expected At Legislative Session Opening

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The General Assembly opens its new session Tuesday. Governor Raimondo’s plan to use truck tolls to pay for bridge improvements will be among the top...

The General Assembly opens its new session Tuesday. Governor Raimondo’s plan to use truck tolls to pay for bridge improvements will be among the top issues during the legislative session.

Opponents of truck tolls plan to stage a 3 pm rally at the State House this afternoon. 

Critics argue that truck tolls are bad for business and would hurt the economy. Governor Raimondo said it make sense to toll trucks, because they cause more of the damage to roads and bridges.

Meanwhile, supporters of offering driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants plan to march to the State House from a nearby church. They say they want to increase pressure on Governor Raimondo to follow-up on a campaign promise.

Raimondo said her administration is still studying the idea of giving driver licenses to undocumented residents. It remains unclear if lawmakers will take up that issue this year.

Lawmakers will consider a range of other issues and Raimondo’s second budget after she unveils it later this month. The legislature usually meets three days a week, in a session that typically ends in June.

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Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and Governor Gina Raimondo during the 2015 legislative session.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and Governor Gina Raimondo during the 2015 legislative session.