NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Questions are being raised about a contract awarded by the state to provide concessions at state beaches, amid a probe by Rhode Island State Police.

The investigation and contract were first reported this week by WJAR-TV.

State Rep. Peter Palumbo was the high bidder for the contracts but backed out, leaving Democratic Party Chairman David Caprio with the winning bid. Palumbo now manages the stands for Caprio, who paid $226,640 less than Palumbo would have for the five-year contract.

Caprio resigned as state Democratic Party chairman on Tuesday.

The state Department of Administration did not immediately return a request for details about the contract's terms.

John Marion, executive director of good-government group Common Cause, says he believes state law prohibits lawmakers from receiving such contracts.

Palumbo and Caprio did not immediately return messages.