House proceeds with bill on human trafficking of Cuban baseball players

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The Florida House is proceeding with a bill updating the application process to fund sports stadium projects, but baseball teams could miss out if Major League Baseball does not change its position on the treatment of Cuban players.

An amendment to HB 7095, filed on Thursday, calls for Major League Baseball to show a willingness to disclose information to the state attorney general office regarding human smuggling and trafficking of Cuban players.

In addition, the amendment requires Cuban players to have the ability to contract as free agents as it is with players from other countries.

“We are not going to give away our taxpayer dollars until this ill is corrected,” said Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, co-sponsor of the amendment with Rep. Matt Gaetz. The bill could be on the House floor for a vote as soon as Friday.

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