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Senate Finance Committee hearings on lottery contract extension continue this week

STATE HOUSE — The Senate Finance Committee’s hearings to review legislation authorizing an extension of the state’s lottery contract with IGT Global Solutions Corporation will continue this week. The committee will meet today and Thursday at 5 p.m. in Room 313 on the third floor of the State House.

Today’s hearing will include a review of separate economic analyses conducted by Appleseed, Inc and Dr. Edi Tebaldi of Bryant University, as well as an analysis conducted by the Rhode Island Office of Revenue Analysis at the request of Finance Committee Chairman William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket).

Officials from IGT Global Solutions are scheduled to testify at today’s hearing as well.

Thursday’s hearing will include an overview by Auditor General Dennis Hoyle of the 2019 audit of the Rhode Island Lottery, and testimony from Twin River Management Group.

Public testimony will be taken at a future hearing (tentatively scheduled for October 29). The public is invited to submit testimony through a special website established to help make materials related to the committee’s review readily accessible to the public. The website, www.SenateLotteryContractHearings.com, also includes video of the hearings.

The legislation, 2019-S-1031, was introduced in June in advance of the fall hearings to provide ample opportunity for public review. It is sponsored by President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio and Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin on behalf of Governor Gina Raimondo.

The Senate Finance Committee is also scheduled to meet jointly with the House Finance Committee on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 35 for a federally required review of Community Service Block Grants. That hearing is unrelated to the lottery contract extension proposal.