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. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 288.11633, Florida Statutes, is created 19 to read: 20 288.11633 Sports 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.