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Sakonnet tolls, 38 Studios face lawmakers in 2014

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PROVIDENCE -

It's a new year and a new session for the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Lawmakers returned to the State House Tuesday to kick off their work for 2014.

The session is expected to feature more debates about a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge and whether to honor the debts related to the state's failed $75 million investment in 38 Studios, the now-bankrupt video game company started by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

Lawmakers will also look for ways to eliminate an estimated $100 million deficit in next year's budget.

Finally, pension politics could play a big role in the session if lawmakers are asked to sign off on a potential settlement in the legal fight over the state's 2011 pension overhaul.

Two committees investigating how cities could share services met Tuesday.

One panel is looking at whether cities and towns could share a single, statewide tax collection program. The other committee is reviewing the possibility of multiple municipalities using the same emergency 911 dispatch system.

The session typically runs through the spring.

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