Media Advisory: Senate Finance Committee to hold PawSox stadium hearing at Bryant University Thursday
STATE HOUSE — The Senate Finance Committee will meet Thursday at Bryant University in Smithfield to continue its review of legislation to provide public support for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bello Center Grand Hall at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield.
The committee will hear testimony on a resolution (2017-S 0989), introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) that would authorize the state to enter into lease and financing agreements in connection with a ballpark.
The committee will also hear testimony on a bill (2017-S 0990) introduced by Chairman Conley that would permit redevelopment agencies to finance the construction of projects for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, institutional, public or other purposes contemplated by a redevelopment plan.
This is the sixth of several hearings scheduled on the proposal. Chairman Conley will begin the meeting by providing a brief overview of the committee’s remaining hearing process.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the meeting will consist of testimony from parties the committee has asked to testify: The Department of Administration’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and the Department of Revenue’s Office of Revenue Analysis. There will also be follow-up testimony by Brailsford and Dunlavey, the consulting firm that conducted an economic impact study on the stadium proposal at the request of the City of Pawtucket and the team.
Public testimony will be taken from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Due to time constraints associated with the venue, the hearing is limited to four hours. Sign-in for the public comment portion of the hearing will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bello Center Grand Hall. Public parking will be available at Parking Lot C on the Bryant University campus. Attendees should use the campus main entrance and follow the signs.
Public testimony will be taken in the order that individuals sign up. Speaking time will be allocated equally and will be dependent upon the number of individuals signed up to speak. In recognition of this, the submission of written testimony is encouraged, either at the committee’s designated website (www.pawsoxhearings.com) or in person at the hearing. Those submitting written testimony at the hearing are asked to bring 20 copies for the committee.
The hearing will be streamed live on the General Assembly’s website (rilegislature.gov), and will air on Capitol TV (Cox HD 1013, Cox and Full Channel 15, Verizon Fios 34) the following day.
For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903