- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 10, 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.

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

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

If passed, it would not affect current leases. It would hamper efforts for Major League Baseball’s 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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