Reform Groups Make 2nd Demand for Independent Investigation into 38 Studios

Friday, October 23, 2015


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Reform groups in Rhode Island have renewed their challenge to Governor Gina Raimondo to appoint an independent investigator into 38 Studios. The reform groups initially issued the challenge on October 7th in a joint statement.

"Clearly, the pressure our coalition has put on legislative leaders has had an impact in the General Assembly. Now it is time for the Governor to do her part to fulfill her campaign obligation; she needs to recognize that the people of Rhode Island are owed this independent investigation," said Ken Block of Watchdog RI, one of the leaders of the group.

The group's thoughts were reinforced on Thursday morning by Representative Karen MacBeth, who is hopeful that leadership will empower her committee with the tools and freedom it needs to find out who knew what and when. MacBeth, who is also the chairwoman of the committee, expressed that a separate and simultaneous non-political investigation should be conducted to look into potential criminal wrong-doing and other aspects of the scandal.

"We believe that all relevant witnesses should be required to testify without preconditions," stressed Randall Rose of Occupy Providence.

The reform groups congratulate Rep. MacBeth for resuming the hearings and thank the over 1,100 Rhode Islanders who signed the online petition.

"The voice of the people does make a difference and is being heard on Smith Hill," added Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the RI Center for Freedom of Prosperity.

RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity is Rhode Island's premier free enterprise research and advocacy organization.


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