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Lawmakers take on bill inspired by marathon bombing survivor

  • FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott walks out the door of her home in Newport, R.I. Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation to make victims of terrorist attacks eligible for compensation even if the attack happened outside the state. The bill is a response to the bureaucratic struggles encountered by Abbott when she applied for the state's crime victim compensation fund after the April 2013 attack. The House voted to pass the bill in March 2016. It faces a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the State House in Providence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott walks out the door of her home in Newport, R.I. Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation to make victims of terrorist attacks eligible for compensation even if the attack happened outside the state. The bill is a response to the bureaucratic struggles encountered by Abbott when she applied for the state's crime victim compensation fund after the April 2013 attack. The House voted to pass the bill in March 2016. It faces a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the State House in Providence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott walks out the door of her home in Newport, R.I. Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation to make victims of terrorist attacks eligible for compensation even if the attack happened outside the state. The bill is a response to the bureaucratic struggles encountered by Abbott when she applied for the state's crime victim compensation fund after the April 2013 attack. The House voted to pass the bill in March 2016. It faces a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the State House in Providence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott walks out the door of her home in Newport, R.I. Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation to make victims of terrorist attacks eligible for compensation even if the attack happened outside the state. The bill is a response to the bureaucratic struggles encountered by Abbott when she applied for the state's crime victim compensation fund after the April 2013 attack. The House voted to pass the bill in March 2016. It faces a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the State House in Providence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.