Lawmakers take on bill inspired by marathon bombing survivor

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers inspired by a resident who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings are moving forward on legislation to make victims of terrorist attacks eligible for compensation even if the attack happened outside the state.

Heather Abbott says she had trouble applying for the state's crime victim compensation fund after the 2013 attack.

Lawmakers say this legislation would prevent such hurdles in the future.

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner says it will clarify conflicting language in the existing law.

The House voted 68-0 to pass the bill last month. It faces a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.

Its sponsor is Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, a Newport Democrat. Abbott is a Newport resident.

The state initially denied Abbott's claim but then determined she was eligible.