Florida Senate - 2018                                     SB 352
       By Senator Garcia
       36-00522-18                                            2018352__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to sports franchise facilities;
    3         creating s. 288.11633, F.S.; prohibiting a sports
    4         franchise from constructing, reconstructing,
    5         renovating, or improving a facility on leased public
    6         land; requiring that a lease of a facility on public
    7         land by a sports franchise or a sale of public land
    8         for a sports franchise facility be at fair market
    9         value; providing requirements for a contract to fund
   10         the construction, reconstruction, renovation, or
   11         improvement of such a facility; defining the terms
   12         “facility” and “sports franchise”; specifying that the
   13         act does not impair contracts entered into before July
   14         1, 2018; providing an effective date.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18         Section 1. Section 288.11633, Florida Statutes, is created
   19  to read:
   20         288.11633Sports franchise facilities; lease or sale of
   21  public land.—
   22         (1)Notwithstanding any other provision of law:
   23         (a)A sports franchise may not construct, reconstruct,
   24  renovate, or improve a facility on public land leased from the
   25  state or a political subdivision thereof.
   26         (b)A lease of a facility on public land by the state or a
   27  political subdivision thereof to a sports franchise must be at
   28  fair market value.
   29         (c)A sale of public land by the state or a political
   30  subdivision thereof for a sports franchise to construct,
   31  reconstruct, renovate, or improve a facility on such land must
   32  be at fair market value.
   33         (2)A contract or agreement, or a renewal of or an
   34  amendment to an existing contract or agreement, entered into on
   35  or after July 1, 2018 between the state or a political
   36  subdivision and a sports franchise to fund the construction,
   37  reconstruction, renovation, or improvement of a facility must
   38  include a provision that requires the sports franchise to pay
   39  any outstanding debt incurred by the state or political
   40  subdivision to fund such construction, reconstruction,
   41  renovation, or improvement if the sports franchise permanently
   42  discontinues use of the facility.
   43         (3)For purposes of this section, the term:
   44         (a)“Facility” means a structure, and its adjoining parcels
   45  of land, primarily used to host games or events held by a sports
   46  franchise.
   47         (b)“Sports franchise” means a professional or
   48  semiprofessional sports franchise, including, but not limited
   49  to, a franchise of the National Football League, the National
   50  Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, the National
   51  League or American League of Major League Baseball, Minor League
   52  Baseball, Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League,
   53  or the promoter of a signature event sanctioned by the National
   54  Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
   55         (4)Nothing in this section shall be construed to impair
   56  any contract entered into before July 1, 2018, without the
   57  consent of the parties to the contract.
   58         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.