EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Incoming R.I. House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi said he expects lawmakers to hammer out details on a state budget “before Christmas.”

Shekarchi, D-Warwick, and incoming House Majority Leader Christopher Blazejewski, D-Providence, were guests on this week’s Newsmakers and discussed their priorities when they take over in their respective leadership positions come January.

Shekarchi won the support of House Democrats days after current Speaker Nicholas Mattiello lost his re-election bid to Republican challenger Barbara Ann Fenton Fung.

In the video above, Tim White has highlights from the interview, including where the two lawmakers stand on the prospect of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island next year.