House sets hear­ing dates for ball­park leg­is­la­tion

Pawtucket Times - - VALLEY / NATION - By JONATHAN BIS­SON­NETTE jbis­son­nette@paw­tuck­et­times.com

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.

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