House sets hearing dates for ballpark legislation
PAWTUCKET – The House Finance Committee on Friday announced two public hearings in October to discuss legislation that seeks to finance the construction of a Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark in downtown Pawtucket.
The two hearings come as the Senate Finance Committee is knee-deep in a six-meeting series that traverses the state to glean information on the financing proposal.
The first House Finance hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m., will be held in Room 35 on the basement level at the State House in Providence. Committee members at that meeting will “thoroughly review all aspects of the legislation, including the deal terms, soundness of its assumptions, and implications for the city and the state,” officials from the General Assembly said.
The hearing will not be open to public testimony but will include a staff briefing and testimony from bill sponsors, representatives from the city of Pawtucket and the PawSox, and Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor.
The second hearing will be eight days later on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m., also in Room 35 at the State House. That meeting will allow public testimony. The hearing will also focus on any possible follow-up from Committee members on issues raised at the first hearing. Members of the public giving live testimony will be time-limited to allow for maximum participation from those signed up to speak, officials say.
Written testimony will be accepted in advance of or at the hearing. Written testimony can be emailed to HFCPawSoxhearings@rilegislature.go v. Written testimony may also be mailed to: House Committee on Finance, Room 35 State House, Providence, RI 02903 Attn: Paw Sox Hearings.