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Senate Finance Committee hearings continue Tuesday with public comment

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 tomorrow. The committee will take public testimony when they meet at 5 p.m. in Room 313 of the State House.

The submission of written testimony is encouraged at the hearing, or at any time through the “Comments” section at www.SenateLotteryContractHearings.com. All written comments and testimony will become part of the hearing record and will be posted on that website.

For those choosing to testify in person at the hearing, the committee asks that comments be kept as succinct as possible and that individuals bring 20 copies of any written testimony to be distributed to the Committee. The sign-in period will commence at 3 p.m. outside the hearing room. Public testimony will be taken in the order of sign-in. The committee asks that individuals do not sign in on behalf of others wishing to testify.

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.

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.

Senate Finance Committee to meet Tuesday for second hearing on lottery contract extension

STATE HOUSE — The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled its second hearing to review legislation authorizing an extension of the state’s lottery contract with IGT Global Solutions Corporation. The committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. in Room 313 of the State House.

Governor Gina Raimondo will offer comments at the beginning of the hearing. Then members of the Administration will present on the key terms of the proposal and the negotiation process, as well as processes for ensuring compliance with the existing contract and amending the current contract.

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.

Additional hearings are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22; Thursday, Oct. 24; and Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Senate Finance Committee to meet Thursday for first hearing on lottery contract extension

STATE HOUSE, Providence – The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled its first hearing to review legislation authorizing an extension of the state’s lottery contract with IGT Global Solutions Corporation. The committee will meet Thursday, September 19 at 5 p.m. in Room 313 of the State House.

The hearing will include an overview by the Senate staff and the Division of Purchases on state purchasing procedures. The Division of Lottery will present background on the state lottery system, and the Senate staff and members of the Administration will provide a review of the original authorizing legislation and Master Agreement.

Public testimony will be taken at a future hearing, and 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 will include video of the hearings.

The legislation, 2019-S-1031, was introduced in June in advance of the fall hearings to provide ample time 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.

Subsequent hearings are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1; Tuesday, October 22; Thursday, October 24; and Tuesday, October 29.

Senate Finance Committee to host public hearings on proposed lottery contract extension

STATE HOUSE, Providence – The Senate Finance Committee will host a series of public hearings starting later this month to review the proposed contract extension for IGT Global Solutions Corporation.

Earlier this year, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio introduced Senate Bill 1031 at the request of the Governor to extend IGT Global Solutions Corporation’s lottery contract with the State of Rhode Island.

The vetting process for Senate Bill 1031 will include at least five public hearings held at the State House. The first hearing will include an overview of state procurement processes and a review of the current lottery system provider contract. Subsequent hearings will include an analysis of the terms proposed in Senate Bill 1031 and alternative proposals; inquiry into the negotiation and development of proposed contract terms; analysis of economic impact studies on the proposal; and, an overview of best practices and the current landscape related to gaming industry technology provider services. The series will conclude with a hearing dedicated to receiving public testimony. The website www.SenateLotteryContractHearings.com has been created as a way for the public to provide the committee with additional input and make materials available to the public.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m., the Senate Finance Committee will hold its first hearing on Senate Bill 1031. Witnesses invited to testify at the hearing will include representatives from the state’s Division of Purchases, Department of Administration, Department of Revenue, Division of Lottery, and IGT Global Solutions.

Subsequent hearings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at 5 p.m.