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LAWMAKER VOWS TO HALT TAX BREAK BILL FOR TEXAS TEAMS

     TX state Rep. Kim Brimer has promised to "kill" legislation
that permits municipalities to offer tax abatements and financial
guarantees to team owners in exchange for them building or
renovating sports facilities, according to the FORT WORTH STAR-
TELEGRAM.  Brimer's action comes after Dallas Mayor Steve
Bartlett threatened to sue anyone trying to "lure away" the
Mavericks or the Stars.  Both clubs "want out of" Reunion Arena,
and are being courted by Arlington and Irving, along with Dallas.
Brimer had promised to "delay action" on the bill unless
Arlington is allowed to talk with Mavericks Owner Don Carter.
Arlington Mayor Richard Greene, on Brimer's position:  "I didn't
ask him to do it.  This is his idea, and it's a good one"
(Jessamy Brown, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/11).
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