Hearing held on 38 Studios lobbying questions

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A hearing by the secretary of state's office on possible violations of lobbying laws in the 38 Studios deal has concluded with no resolution, and another hearing is scheduled for later this month.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1nlfFGA ) that lawyers for Michael Corso on Friday argued the hearing was improper and that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis never conducted an investigation into whether Corso did any lobbying before he convened the hearing.

Corso had a consulting agreement with Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, which went bankrupt after receiving a $75 million loan guarantee from the state. Corso never registered as a lobbyist, but Mollis's office says he was meeting with lawmakers and representatives of the state's economic development agency — activities that would constitute lobbying.

The next hearing is July 29.

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