Lawmakers may hold special fall session on PawSox stadium

By The Associated Press

News Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The General Assembly may need to hold a special session in the fall to vote on a proposal for a Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in Providence.

House Speaker spokesman Larry Berman said Tuesday that lawmakers were running out of time to evaluate a stadium proposal. Berman says a proposal won’t be part of next week’s budget hearing.        

The owners of the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox have been meeting behind closed doors with state lawmakers to come up with a new stadium proposal. The ownership group’s original proposal, asking for $120 million in state subsidies if they build a ballpark, was rejected by lawmakers.             

The General Assembly could vote on the proposal, which would be a budget item. It would not require a public referendum.

Meanwhile, the Governor Gina Raimondo’s office has received more than 500 emails and calls about the proposed stadium, and 98% of those say they’re opposed.

The governor’s spokeswoman says they have received 553 emails and telephone calls about the proposal, 540 of which have been against building a stadium in Providence.

The Senate president and Providence Mayor say they’ve received calls from constituents, too, all opposed to the plan.

The House speaker’s unofficial tally of about 100 calls shows 25% are in favor and the rest are opposed.

There have been no formal public surveys on the stadium proposal.

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