Florida senate: Fine, evaluate stadium projects, just don’t let us actually vote on them

The Florida state house may be looking at ways to force stadium subsidies to actually go through a standardized evaluation process, but the state senate isn’t going to let that get in the way of projects sailing through quickly: Senate leaders say they’re fine with the house bill, so long as the legislature doesn’t then have to vote on each project:

“As soon as we set the parameters and setting the methodology for getting this done, there’s no reason for it to come back to the Legislature,” said Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, who is pushing a package to provide incentives for the Orlando City Soccer stadium planned for downtown.

The impetus for this amendment is apparently to enable the Orlando City Soccer Club‘s stadium plan to get passed quickly this summer (Altamonte Springs is an Orlando suburb), but it could have significant consequences for other sports projects as well: If it’s just a matter of the state Department of Economic Opportunity checking off some boxes on a tax-break application, there wouldn’t be any public process at all for vetting subsidy requests. This seems like a way huger deal than the Orlando Sentinel is making of it, but maybe I’m misunderstanding the proposal — or maybe it’s just because it’s an Orlando paper reporting on it, so they’re not going to question their local legislators’ pet project too hard.


3 comments on “Florida senate: Fine, evaluate stadium projects, just don’t let us actually vote on them

  1. “…maybe it’s just because it’s an Orlando paper reporting on it, so they’re not going to question their local legislators’ pet project too hard.”

    Well it *is* the Sentinel, after all…

  2. Funny because they didn’t seem to have any problem giving away billions to sports teams until before a soccer came along.

  3. Sounds like they’re calling the Florida Legislature a bunch of trolls.

    “You’re concern is noted, we’re proceeding anyway. Thank you for your time.”

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