- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A House committee has approved a bill that details the process a sports organization would be required to complete in order to receive sales-tax rebates on new or upgraded stadiums.

Economic Affairs committee chairman Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, sponsored the bill that gives a scoring sheet for the Department of Economic Opportunity to ensure specified guidelines are met. All proposals would need a $100 million minimum in renovation or construction costs. The legislation does not allocate any immediate funds to a project.

Patronis wants to ensure the DEO won’t have to review smaller projects, such as a high school football stadium or spring-training facilities.

Representatives from both the Miami Dolphins and Daytona Speedway supported the bill, though Dolphins lobbyist Ron Book said some tweaks are necessary.

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