• Lawmakers discuss new contract with private lottery operator

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State lawmakers have scheduled a meeting to discuss a proposed contract extension with the company that runs Rhode Island's lottery.

    The House Finance Committee meets Tuesday, and again on Oct. 3, to hear testimony about the proposed 20-year contract with International Game Technology.

    Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello asked the governor to testify at the first hearing. Public testimony will only be accepted Oct. 3.

    Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and legislative leaders announced the terms in June, but the new contract still has to be executed.

    It has been strongly criticized by the owner of Rhode Island's two casinos, Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

    The Senate Finance Committee held its first hearing about the contract Thursday. Subsequent hearings are scheduled in October. Information about the committee's review is available online .

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