Sports Franchise Facilities (Oppose)

Sports Franchise Facilities (Oppose)

HB 13 (Avila) and SB 352 (Garcia) prohibit a sports franchise from constructing, reconstructing, renovating or improving a facility on public land. The bills also require a lease of a facility on public land to be at fair market value. The bills would require contracts or agreements entered into or renewed after July 1, 2018, between a governmental entity and a sports franchise, to include provisions requiring the sports franchise to pay any outstanding debt incurred by the governmental entity if the franchise permanently discontinues use of the facility. Finally, the bills clarify that the sale of any public lands to a sports franchise for the construction, renovation or improvement of a facility must be at fair market value. (Cook)