Senate Finance to hold 4th, 5th PawSox stadium hearings at New England Tech, Roger Williams University

STATE HOUSE — The Senate Finance Committee will meet Wednesday and Thursday at New England Tech and Roger Williams University, respectively, to continue its review of legislation that would provide public support for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Media Presentation Theatre at New England Institute of Technology, 1 New England Tech Blvd. in East Greenwich.

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.

Several officials have been invited to testify, including General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, and representatives from the Public Resources Advisory Group, CommerceRI, the Department of Environmental Management, Sage Environmental and the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. This will be followed by public comment.

The committee is also scheduled to meet Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. in Room 283 at Roger Williams University School of Law, 10 Metacom Ave., in Bristol.

Officials who have been invited to testify include Peregrine Group, LLC, the Pawtucket Redevelopment Authority and the Division of Municipal Finance of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.

These are the fourth and fifth of several hearings scheduled on the proposal. Chairman Conley will begin each meeting by providing a brief overview of the committee’s remaining hearing process.

Due to time constraints associated with these venues, these hearings are limited to four hours each. 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.

Sign-in for public comment at Wednesday’s hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Presentation Theatre. Public Parking will be available at the New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich Campus parking lots, except for posted reserved spaces. Sign-in for the public comment portion of Thursday’s hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 283. Public Parking will be available at the north campus parking lots (use north entrance on Metacom Avenue and follow signage).

The hearings 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.