- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island bill about chickens that has ruffled lawmakers’ feathers in recent years is headed to the governor.

The General Assembly is transmitting hundreds of bills passed late in the legislative session in batches. The bill to give caged chickens more freedom to spread their wings is on its way.

The 2015 legislative session ended with a fight over chicken cages.

Legislative leaders were negotiating over the bill, recessed and never returned. The House speaker said if the Senate wouldn’t pass a bill like that, it was time to adjourn.

The House passes the bill annually.

The Senate approved it Saturday, the last day of the session; because the effective date was set further out than it had been previously.

It would ban overly-crowded conditions for egg-laying hens beginning in 2026.

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