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"LEGISLATIVE OBSTACLE COURSE" HINDERS CHANCE FOR MEGAPLEX
Published September 14, 1995
MA House Ways and Means Chair Thomas Finneran yesterday outlined plans for "scrutinizing" the proposed megaplex that may prove "insurmountable" for proponents of the project, according to the BOSTON GLOBE. Finneran said during hearings, scheduled to begin before the end of the month, testimony will be taken first by opponents of the project, a departure from the usual practice of opening with supporters. Second, Finneran will hire a consultant to help assess claims by supporters the project would be privately funded. This consultant will be one who "does not have a bias" toward pro sports. Finally, hearings will be held in South Boston and Roxbury, the two neighborhoods recommended as sights for the megaplex. Hearings in the neighborhoods should also "highlight" opposition to the project (Vaillancourt & Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 9/14).