- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s Senate president took a trip to Spain last fall paid for by a New Jersey-based organization that says it promotes communication among leaders of state senates.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1fSERO3 ) Teresa Paiva Weed reported the approximately $2,700 trip in her annual financial disclosure with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. The trip was paid for by a group called the Senate Presidents’ Forum.

It was one of several trips she took where her expenses were paid by outside groups.

Weed says leaders of more than two dozen state senates attended the forum, exchanging ideas on issues including the economy, tourism, banking and education.

An agenda for the trip shows it also included tours of the city and royal palace, a reception and dinner and free time for the lawmakers.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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