Bill affecting Florida stadiums heads to House

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By: Associated Press
October 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A bill that would prohibit Florida sports teams from constructing or renovating a facility on publicly-owned land will again be considered by the state's House of Representatives during next year's session.

It also requires that any sale of public land for a stadium or arena must be at fair market value.

The bill by Representatives Bryan Aliva and Manny Diaz passed the House's Government Accountability Committee on Tuesday. HB 13 is identical to the bill that the House passed 82-33 earlier this year before it died in the Senate.

If passed, it would not affect current leases, but it could hamper efforts for the Tampa Bay Rays' search for a new stadium.

Only one of the 10 professional sports franchises in Florida has their facility on private land.

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