NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello calls the process leading to a proposed settlement in the legal fight over Rhode Island's pension overhaul "frustrating" and says he believes the law would withstand a challenge in court.

The new speaker said Thursday during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio's "Political Roundtable" that he will study the proposed settlement if it makes it to the General Assembly but would not commit to a vote.

The settlement, reached during closed-door mediation, has to be approved by public workers and retirees in a complicated voting process.

The proposed deal would resolve legal challenges filed by unions and retirees over the 2011 law, which hiked retirement ages and suspended pension increases. It rolls back some of the law's changes and gives retirees modest benefit increases.