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On Politics
1:58 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PawSox: Providence Ballpark Would Cost State About $2M Per Year

An artist rendering of the PawSox stadium in Providence.

The debate over the Pawtucket Red Sox and a public subsidy to help keep the team in Rhode Island began in earnest Wednesday as PawSox ownership unveiled their much-anticipated plan for a $70 million ballpark next to the Providence River. According to the proposal, a 30-year lease/sublease agreement would have a net cost to the state of about $2 million a year.

PawSox ownership said its proposal does not include issuing any bonds or public debt, and that the team will pay for the full cost of the design and construction of its envisioned 10,000 seat ballpark.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Expect the unexpected in Rhode Island politics, right? Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome (idonnis at ripr dot org), and feel free to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Health Care
9:14 am
Thu April 9, 2015

RI State Police Call For Tighter Restrictions On State Marijuana Laws

Marijuana plant
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

State Police are raising concerns about the state’s medical marijuana program. At issue is the role of caregivers, who are licensed by the state to grow a small number of plants for medical marijuana patients.

Rhode Island State Police spokesman Major Kevin O’Brien says last year police searched the homes of 21 caregivers. More than three-quarters of them were growing more marijuana than the law allows.

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Politics
8:45 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Bills Introduced To Curb Misuse Of Campaign Finances

Lawmakers hope to stem misuse of campaign finance with the introduction of two new bills.
Credit RIPR FILE

Two bills meant to discourage the misuse of campaign accounts have cleared an initial hurdle at the General Assembly.  Efforts to restore the state Ethics Commission’s oversight of the legislature continue to languish.

Legislative committees have passed a bill requiring candidates to have a separate bank account for their campaign money. Another bill would make public officeholders file an annual bank statement to back up the information in their campaign spending reports.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Lawmakers To Consider Bill Allowing Terminally Ill Patients To Manage Their Own Deaths

State lawmakers have introduced controversial, so-called "right to die" legislation.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

A bill that would enable terminally ill patients to manage their own deaths with medication prescribed by a doctor is slated for a House Health, Education and Welfare Committee hearing Wednesday.

Companion House and Senate versions of the so-called "Death with Dignity" bill are named for former Senate minority leader Llia Sapinsley, who died at 92 last December.

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