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1/2/2003 Gaming Commission to begin series of county hearings
STATE HOUSE -- The Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Gaming is taking its hearings on the road, even though it's staying close to home for the first one.

The Resolution creating the gaming study commission and setting its duties calls for a hearing in each of the state's five counties. The first such hearing -- for Providence County -- will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, in Room 35 of the State House.

Although the meeting place is the same as that used by the commission for its series of hearings to this point, the Providence County hearing will be conducted/chaired by Rep. Joanne M. Giannini (D-Dist. 7) of Providence, a member of the Commission.

Rep. Paul V. Sherlock, Commission Co-Chair, said hearings in the other four counties will be held during the next few months, although a schedule has not yet been finalized. Each hearing will be conducted by a commission member who represents a district in that county.

"We do not want to discourage anyone from attending or speaking at this hearing, but we certainly encourage residents of Providence County to use this opportunity to express their position on gaming in Rhode Island," said Representative Sherlock.

The hearing will be telecast live over cable television (Interconnect C -- Channel 23 on Cox Communications) by Capitol Television, the cable television unit of the Rhode Island General Assembly. For cable viewers of Full Channel TV, Interconnect C is Channel 50.

For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457