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Scott signs bill to help build pro sports stadiums

Professional sports organizations looking to build new stadiums or upgrade current ones will get taxpayer help under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott signed the bill that will help pay for proposed projects ranging from a professional soccer stadium in Miami to the renovation of Daytona International Speedway.

It could also provide money for a potential new home for the Tampa Bay Rays. The team has said it would like to move from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to another site in the Bay area, possibly Tampa.

The new law (HB 7095) would establish a pool of $13 million in taxpayer-supported subsidies that could be spent each year, with no team receiving more than $3 million a year. The projects must be cost a minimum of $100 million to qualify for the help.

The law also would require Major League Baseball to change its policy on Cuban players if the Rays and Miami Marlins want a share of the state money set aside for stadiums.

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