House committee to vote on firefighter overtime pay proposal

April 2, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island House of Representatives committee is poised to vote on a proposal that would expand overtime pay for firefighters.

The two bills sponsored by Democratic House Majority Whip John “Jay” Edwards would strike from state law an exemption that shields the cities and towns from having to pay firefighters overtime after 42 hours. The Providence Journal reports the House Labor Committee is set to vote on the legislation Wednesday.

Providence projected on Monday the potential impact to the city would stand at $2 million to $5 million in new overtime costs. The city’s firefighters union disputes those numbers.