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Alarms raised over property rights changes in PawSox bill

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By MICHELLE R. SMITH
Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The package of legislation to authorize a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox has a side effect that has received little public notice.

Legal observers and critics of the deal say if it is passed as written, it would broaden the government's authority to seize land for private use and have consequences far beyond a single stadium project.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman William Conley, a Democrat whose committee will open hearings on Thursday, says it was inadvertent and that the committee plans to address the concerns over eminent domain.

The deal would provide a $23 million state investment to help finance the estimated $83 million stadium for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in downtown Pawtucket, about a mile from its current home.

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