Labor bills are expected to head to Rhode Island governor

May 2, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Bills dealing with public employee contracts and firefighter overtime are expected to head to the governor’s desk, despite opposition from municipal leaders.

The state Senate passed its version of the bills Wednesday night. The House already passed its version. Senate spokesman Greg Paré said Thursday it’ll take a procedural vote to send the bills to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Raimondo has said she’s inclined to sign the bill to automatically extend expired municipal worker and teacher contracts because lawmakers made the bill narrower and incorporated feedback from municipal leaders. She says she hasn’t decided about the bill to mandate overtime for firefighters.

The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns said after the Senate votes that lawmakers are acting irresponsibly “in passing bills that reward special interests and punish taxpayers.”