State House legislative chambers renovated ahead of 2020 session

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The State House’s legislative chambers are ready for a new session after undergoing extensive renovations over the summer recess.

The $2.5 million project included restoring legislators’ desks and repairing public galleries, skylights and rostrums. The chamber’s electrical and sound systems were also upgraded.

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Rhode Island is now the first state capital in the country to have a hearing loop system, which transmits audio to Telecoil hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Senate spokesperson Greg Pare tells Eyewitness News that the months-long project was necessary to preserve the building’s historic interior.

“The building is a living museum,” he said. “So the public expects us to maintain the integrity of this treasure.”

The 2020 legislative session begins Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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