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The corporation that runs Providence's deep-water port is working with state lawmakers to get a $20 million bond initiative on the November ballot to finance the port's expansion.

ProvPort spokesman Bill Fischer says that the port operator wants to tap into new markets that could emerge following the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat, introduced a bill Friday that would put the bond question to voters in November.

The money would be used to acquire land and build a new marine terminal.

The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday.

There's already another port-related bond question proposed for November. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to borrow $70 million to rebuild piers at Quonset Point in North Kingstown.

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