Senate president: No fall session for PawSox stadium

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A top state lawmaker is refusing to call for a special legislative session in the fall to consider a stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox in Providence, even if a proposal emerges in the next few weeks.              

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says she doesn't think a ballpark is an urgent matter. Without a special session the project would be in limbo until at least January, when the full legislature reconvenes.              

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the House would be prepared to come back into session if a proposal is ready.              

Paiva Weed says she hasn't been participating in negotiations with the owners of the Triple-A franchise, saying she believes those discussions are a function of the executive branch.       

Mattiello says lawmakers should participate in all matters involving state appropriations.

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