Rookie lawmakers get schooled at the capitol

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Twenty-nine newly elected lawmakers got a daylong orientation at the State House Wednesday.

One of the new legislators is Democrat Donna Nesselbush, a lawyer from Pawtucket. She's taking the state Senate seat held since 1975 by John McBurney, the Assembly's longest-serving lawmaker who decided not to seek reelection. Nesselbush said she hopes to make an impact.

"As the economy is so difficult, people's faith has wavered in whether government is really working for them or against them," said Nesselbush. "So my goal is to help government work for the people, to help restore the economy, bring jobs back to Rhode Island."

One of the toughest challenges facing the new General Assembly will be closing an almost $300 million budget deficit for the fiscal year starting next July first.

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