- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island General Assembly will reconvene for its first legislative session of the new year.

Lawmakers returning to the Statehouse on Tuesday for their first formal gathering since June will also be greeted by activists championing a variety of causes.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello will make brief opening remarks at 4 p.m. but there are no ceremonies planned because the new session does not follow an election.

Groups opposing Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposal to install commercial truck tolls to pay for bridge repairs are among the activists who plan to gather inside and outside the capitol as lawmakers arrive.

A coalition of immigrant advocates will also march to the Statehouse from nearby St. Patrick Church to support driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally.

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