PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are gathering for the start of the new session.
The 2015-2016 session opens Tuesday for both the House of Representatives and the Senate with ceremonial oaths of office for the 113 members and leadership elections. The House will have 15 new members and the Senate will have three.
Incoming Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will administer the oath of office in the two legislative chambers.
It’s a session expected to be dominated by initiatives designed to revive the state’s listless economy and lower a persistently high unemployment rate.
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to exempt Social Security and other retirement benefits from the state income tax. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says she’s focused on education.
Mattiello and Paiva Weed are expected to be re-elected to their current posts.
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