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General Assembly back in session

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island General Assembly opened its 2014 session on Tuesday, Jan. 7, with both the House of Representatives and the Senate convening to begin the work of the new legislative year.

For some of you, watching a General Assembly session on TV might be akin to getting a root canal. For those, as well as the hardcore political observers, we at The Breeze will be watching and updating you in our papers and right here at www.valleybreeze.com on the issues and decisions that might impact you. For anyone who wants to tune in for particular sessions, which are open to the public, find Capitol TV on Channel 15 for Cox Communications and Full Channel, Channel 34 for Verizon. Live streams are available here.

With plenty of controversial issues again on the table this year, from voter ID to pensions, tax structure to 38 Studios payments, the 2014 session promises to have all kinds of twists and turns. As WPRI's Ted Nesi points out in his great preview here, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact the fall elections have on springtime decisions.

Once again there should be plenty of bills that have a direct impact on local laws and policy. One example is probable legislation designed to eliminate any controversy over what the state's 2013 law on pit bulls actually did, likely forcing the elimination of Pawtucket's pit bull law. The city is currently being sued after officials there claimed that last year's law did not apply to an existing ban on pit bull dogs.

For those who want to stay up to speed on bills from Pawtucket and North Providence legislators, or on issues relating to those two communities, on Twitter.

House and Senate floor sessions are typically held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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