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House budget panel votes to gets tougher on public contributions to pro teams

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A bill that would ban professional sports teams from building or refurbishing stadiums on public land passed the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday on a 21-8 vote. CS/HB 77, by Bryan Avila, says “a sports franchise may not construct, reconstruct, renovate, or improve a facility on public land leased from the state or a political subdivision thereof.” The bill — one of a number targeting professional sports — also says the sale of public land for sports stadiums must be at fair market value. Furthermore, teams…

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