Brown University hosted a legislative luncheon and policy workshop Tuesday, Dec., 11, 2012, for newly elected members of the Rhode Island General Assembly. The event was part of an orientation program for the 24 newly elected members, who will be sworn into office in January. Following an introduction by President Christina Paxson, Marion Orr, director of Brown’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy, gave a presentation on the important issues the state legislature has to address, public perceptions of their work, and the economic challenges facing Rhode Island. Mark Blyth, professor of political science, discussed how national issues like the fiscal cliff could affect Rhode Island and how state legislatures are showing leadership on balancing budgets.

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