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RI Bill to create Commerce Secretary set to be Law

RI Bill to create Commerce Secretary set to be Law

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Legislation in Rhode Island that would create a new appointed position of commerce secretary may soon become law without the governor's signature.

The proposal will become law at midnight Monday unless it is signed or vetoed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee first.

Lawmakers passed the legislation before adjourning earlier this month. The new cabinet-level secretary would lead an executive office of commerce that would coordinate the state's economic development efforts.

Chafee had expressed opposition to the idea, saying the restructuring would divert energy away from ongoing work to boost the economy. Chafee's spokeswoman wouldn't say on Monday what the Democratic governor's intentions were on the bill.

Other legislation renaming the state's Economic Development Corp. the Commerce Corp. became law last week without Chafee's signature.

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