Legislature punts funding limits for professional sports stadiums

Chase Field

KTAR.com

An Arizona Senate bill that would have limited public funding for professional sports stadiums, ballparks and arenas in the state appears to have lost steam.

Senate Bill 1453, which is sponsored by Sen. Warren Peterson (R-Gilbert), was introduced on Jan. 30.

If signed into law, it would have prohibited money in the state’s general revenue fund or subsidies to be used for the “construction, maintenance, promotion or operation of a professional sports stadium.”

The purpose of the bill was to “prevent the use of taxpayer dollars for private professional sports stadiums and facilities by removing the ability of teams to use the threat of relocation to use taxpayer dollars to build their stadiums.”

But the bill appears to have failed after being held in the Commerce and Public Safety Committee earlier this month, according to The Glendale Star.

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