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In reversal, RI lawmakers OK bridge toll

 In reversal, RI lawmakers OK bridge toll

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island's General Assembly is coming back to the Statehouse after plans to adjourn late Tuesday were foiled by a last-minute reversal on tolls for the Sakonnet River Bridge.
 
Legislative leaders touched off a bitter debate with a new plan to impose a 10-cent toll on the bridge, which connects Tiverton and Portsmouth.
 
That proposal was an about-face from last week, when lawmakers voted to delay tolls on the new bridge until at least February. While top lawmakers say the toll is needed, many rank-and-file lawmakers say they were misled.

The measure passed late Tuesday.
 
Lawmakers planned to adjourn for the year on Wednesday after final votes on several bills, including some which would reform the state's economic development agency.

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