NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate has reconvened in an unusual post-recess session to pass casino legislation it already approved, after questions were raised about the original vote margin.
Senators met briefly on Monday afternoon and passed a bill that included the financial terms of expanded gambling at Newport Grand, if voters approve it in a November referendum.
The bill was originally approved 24-2, with 12 not voting, in the early morning hours of June 21, shortly before the Senate recessed for the year. Appropriations measures need a two-thirds majority, or 26 votes.
It passed Monday 32-2, with no discussion, in a nine-minute session.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says she held the re-vote just to be safe, even though Senate legal advisers didn't think the supermajority was needed in this case.