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Pawtucket Red Sox fans are crushed that their team will be leaving town in two years. Rhode Island politicians are straining fingers pointing and blaming each other.  The ball club’s chairman says all he is doing is moving to a city and state that want him.

Okay, now that everybody hereabouts has had the weekend to vent and bemoan the loss of the PawSox, can we all take a deep breath and accept the fact that in the end money lured the organization to Worcester?

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women is expressing disappointment that bills meant to address sexual harassment did not pass this session. The legislation came after one lawmaker spoke publicly this fall about experiencing harassment at the General Assembly.

Those public allegations prompted House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to create a special commission to review the state’s sexual harassment policies.

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A state Senate Committee will consider the fate of the PawSox Tuesday, with a hearing on two bills related to the proposed PawSox stadium in Pawtucket. The hearing had to be postponed last week due to winter weather.

One bill would authorize the state to enter leasing and finacing agreements related to a new ballpark. The other would allow redevelopment agencies to finance the building of projects for residential, recreational, commercial and other uses.

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Rhode Island lawmakers return to the Statehouse Tuesday for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

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A female lawmaker's description of sexual harassment by a more powerful colleague has sparked a change: starting in January, Rhode Island lawmakers and General Assembly staffers will be expected to take part in sexual harassment training.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio hopes the PawSox' proposal for a new Pawtucket stadium will get a General Assembly vote in November.

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In the aftermath of a month-long budget dispute, a top Rhode Island legislative leader says the state needs a new approach to avoid future stalemates.

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Rhode Island lawmakers hope to wrap up their Statehouse business and adjourn Friday, at least until the fall. Before they do that, a slew of bills remain on the table. 

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The House Finance Committee is expected to vote Thursday on a new budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The legislature usually makes a series of changes to the spending plan submitted by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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A bill to eliminate the car tax is scheduled for its first hearing in the House Finance Committee Tuesday. Lawmakers will likely hear arguments for and against the proposal, but they are not expected to vote.

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A bill to begin the phaseout of the state’s car tax is expected to be introduced Tuesday. Eliminating the tax is the top priority for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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A state Senate committee will take testimony Wednesday on a bill that would create a line-item veto in Rhode Island.

The Ocean State is one of just a handful of states that lack the line-item veto. Supporters say it would improve government accountability by allowing the governor to veto individual budget items.

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Rhode Island’s total revenue is off the mark by $43 million, or a bit less than 2 percent, for the first nine months of fiscal 2017. 

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing on a bill that would allow driver’s licenses for the undocumented Tuesday.  

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