Should Rhode Island explore alternatives to a part-time General Assembly?

TWO BEATS: Rep. Raymond A. Hull, a commanding officer in the Providence Police Department’s Public Housing Unit, says it can be a lot of work to get up to speed on crucial measures before making an informed decision. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
REP. RAYMOND A. HULL, a commanding officer in the Providence Police Department’s Public Housing Unit, is among the state lawmakers who think Rhode Island would be better off with a full-time General Assembly./ PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Nine states have part-time legislatures that are similar to Rhode Island’s, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Four others have part-time lawmakers with lower pay and smaller staffs. Another 10 states – including Massachusetts – have full-time legislatures that pay an average salary of about $82,000. Twenty-six states have “hybrids” that are in…

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