General Assembly struggles to finish business before year ends

Providence, R.I. – The state Legislature is trying to wrap up business before adjourning the year.

The General Assembly worked late into the night on Wednesday with the House passing legislation giving the Public Utilities Commission a say in a proposed wind farm.

A House committee also endorsed a bill that would let voters decide on whether to expand the state's two slot parlors into full-scale casinos.

Lawmakers reconvened Thursday to finish business, passing a law that requires heavy-duty diesel vehicles contracted by the state to be equipped with pollution control devices and use cleaner burning ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

Among the other measures being considered are a bill to toughen reckless driving penalties.

All bills need the governor's signature to become law.