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Chafee: State considering options on pension deal

Chafee: State considering options on pension deal

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says the state is considering various options on how to proceed with lawsuits brought over the state's landmark pension overhaul, after a proposed deal was rejected by members of police unions.

Chafee on Tuesday said they're analyzing the police vote and how to move forward. On Monday, lawyers for six groups that sued over the 2011 law announced the proposed settlement was rejected by police but approved by the other five groups. A judge ordered the sides back into mediation.

Chafee says one option might be to settle with the other groups and continue with the litigation just with the police group or any other group that doesn't settle.

He says the police group represents a small percentage of the overall number of voters.

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