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RI senator emerges as potential key vote on abortion bill

March 28, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state senator has emerged as the potential swing voter that on a high-profile abortion bill.

The Public’s Radio reports that Democratic state Sen. Stephen Archambault could not be reached for comment on how he would vote on the bill that would enshrine abortion protections in state law. The state House of Representatives has already voted to approve the bill.

The nine-member Senate Judiciary Committee remains divided between four supporters of the law and four opponents, with Archambault as the potential swing vote.

A vote by the Judiciary Committee on the bill has not been scheduled. If approved by the Senate, the bill would then go to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, who supports codifying Roe v. Wade protections, for final approval.

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Information from: RIPR-FM, http://www.wrni.org/