PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island General Assembly is opening its new legislative session.

Both the House and Senate plan to convene Tuesday to begin the 2018 session. Legislative leaders say they're focused on closing a $260 million budget gap.

In the Senate, a bill is expected to be introduced for the state to help fund a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

The sponsor is Democratic Senate Finance Chairman William Conley Jr., who represents parts of Pawtucket and East Providence. The committee plans to hold a hearing on the proposal Thursday, but that could shift to next week due to an expected storm.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio will gavel their chambers to order Tuesday and welcome lawmakers.

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