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Veteran RI lawmaker Donald Lally resigns state House seat

Associated Press - PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A veteran member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives has resigned, saying he wants to dedicate more time to his family and his law practice.

Rep. Donald Lally Jr. announced his resignation on the House floor Tuesday. Lally, a Democrat, represents Narragansett and South Kingstown. He's the current speaker pro tempore.

Lally was first elected in 1989 and is second in seniority among current members.

Rhode Island has a part-time legislature but Lally says his work has become a year-round commitment.

Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and other members thanked Lally for his service and told him he'll be missed. Several called him a role model.

Lally led a successful effort in 2013 to close a loophole that had allowed people under the age of 21 to avoid criminal charges when driving drunk.

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