PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Faith leaders from around Rhode Island have gathered at the Statehouse to encourage lawmakers to remember the poor as they begin their legislative work for 2013
Leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Christian and other religious groups at Wednesday’s event read the names of lawmakers aloud. They called on lawmakers to support legislation that would restrict pay day loans, increase social welfare programs and boost resources for the homeless.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) addressed the group and says he wants to find ways to help the state’s must vulnerable. Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed also attended the event.
Rhode Island’s General Assembly began its 2013 session on Tuesday.