- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Deputy Minority Leader Patricia Morgan will testify in favor of her bill that would require a public referendum for any deal between the state and the Pawtucket Red Sox requiring public funding for a stadium.

Rep. Morgan announced Thursday that the bill would apply to any financial agreement between lawmakers and a sports franchise.

The Republican representing Coventry and Warwick says the taxpayers should be the ultimate judge of any stadium proposal.

The owners of the PawSox have been meeting behind closed doors with lawmakers after the team’s original stadium proposal asking for $120 million in state subsidies was rejected.

Lawmakers may need to hold a special session in the fall to vote on a proposal. It would be a budget item and would not require a public referendum.

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