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More Subpoenas Expected, As House Oversight Committee Continues 38 Studios Probe

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The House Oversight Committee is expected to issue more subpoenas Tuesday in connection with 38 Studios, the video game company that went bankrupt,...

The House Oversight Committee is expected to issue more subpoenas Tuesday in connection with 38 Studios, the video game company that went bankrupt, leaving Rhode Island with millions to pay from a state-backed loan. The committee is trying to review how the loan deal got approved.

The House Oversight Committee sent a subpoena to 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling, the former Red Sox star pitcher. The subpoena has been returned, but lawmakers say they do not expect Schilling to appear.

Because he is a Massachusetts resident, Schilling is not legally required to respond to the subpoena.

On Tuesday, lawmakers will consider an order for former House Finance Committee Chair Steven Costantino to testify. He paved the way for a funding increase, which allowed 38 Studios to obtain the state-backed loan. Documents from a lawsuit over the deal suggest Costantino knew more than he shared with lawmakers when they voted to okay the funding.

In early 2015, Costantino left Rhode Island for a job running the Department of Vermont Health Access. Like Schilling, his non-resident status may mean  he is not required to respond to the committee's subpoena.

Another subpoena up for consideration would go to attorney Michael Corso, who lobbied for the 38 studios deal and got paid when it went through. Corso helped introduce 38 Studios executives to Rhode Island lawmakers.

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The House Oversight Comittee meets Tuesday for another round of hearings into 38 Studios
The House Oversight Comittee meets Tuesday for another round of hearings into 38 Studios