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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Senate president took a trip to Spain last fall paid for by a New Jersey-based organization that says it promotes communication among leaders of state senates.

The Providence Journal reports State Sen. Theresa Pavia Weed reported the $6,913 trip in her annual financial disclosure filing with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. The trip was paid for by a group called the Senate Presidents' Forum.

Weed says leaders of more than two dozen state senates attended the forum and exchanged ideas on issues such as the economy, tourism, banking and education.

An agenda for the trip shows it also included a tour of the city and royal palace, a reception and dinner and a lot of free time for the lawmakers.