NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's General Assembly adjourned for 2014 after hurried passage of legislation outlining the terms of a deal to introduce table games at Newport's casino, if voters approve.
Legislation related to Newport Grand had held up adjournment, which came at 4:06 a.m. Saturday. The measure outlined increased payments to the city of Newport from the state if table games are authorized.
Lawmakers passed scores of other measures, including ones to suspend the use of standardized tests as a graduation requirement and take steps to keep guns from the mentally ill.
The session will likely be remembered most for the abrupt resignation of then-Speaker Gordon Fox. He relinquished his leadership post in March, a day after authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation.
SHUTTERSTOCK Dave Newman