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STATE TAX BILL THAT WOULD BENEFIT BUCS WINS "SWIFT APPROVAL"

     A bill designed "to expand the use of a 1-cent local option
tourist development tax" for either a renovation of Tampa Stadium
or the construction of a new facility "won swift approval"
yesterday from a state House subcommittee.  The law, which was
designed to help attract new teams to FL, allows local sports
authorities "to keep a percentage of the sales tax they collect
at sporting events" (Lucy Morgan, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/29).
They can then use the money to help build new facilities or
refurbish old ones.  According to state Rep. Jim Davis, passage
"is critical" if Tampa Bay football fans hope to keep Bucs Owner
Malcolm Glazer from moving (Phil Willon, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/29).
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