PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Despite controversy swirling around Gordon Fox, it appeared to be business as usual for the former House speaker at Thursday nights budget vote.
Fox didn’t make a speech throughout the nearly nine-hour long debate. Eyewitness News tracked Fox’s votes which included two measures related to the failed 38 Studios deal. Fox voted against an amendment that would have appointed a special prosecutor to investigate 38 Studios, while voting for the budget article that included $12.3 million for the next 38 Studios bond payments.
All of this, while some of Fox’s fellow lawmakers were railing against the 38 Studios deal and the former speaker’s role in it.
“We created this debacle and yet we’re not going to get to the bottom of it in this chamber? Come on, the people deserve more than that,” said Rep. Michael Marcello|(D) Scituate, Cranston,.
The amendment to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate 38 Studios failed by a vote of 11 to 61.
The article to make the next payment on the 38 Studios bond passed by a vote of 60 to 15.