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METROPLEX RIVALRIES APPARENTLY KILL TEXAS STADIUM BILL
Published May 25, 1995
TX House Speaker Pete Laney ruled on Tuesday that legislation to provide tax subsidies to erect new sports venues in Texas cities could not be considered, which "effectively killed the bill," according to the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Laney's move came after State Rep. Kenneth Brimer raised a point of order on the bill charging that the House State Affairs Committee did not meet in the "announced" location when it considered the bill and thus prevented the public from having the chance to attend the committee discussion, as required by law (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/24). Brimer, who resides in Kennedale, near Arlington, apparently was motivated to defeat the bill because the final version "forbid the Mavericks from moving to Arlington." The bill was sponsored by Dallas State Rep. Royce West, and was called "typical Dallas arrogance," by Arlington Mayor Richard Greene, who is also upset about a letter from Dallas that threatens to sue Arlington if they negotiate with the Mavericks. Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett says Brimer's dismissal of the bill on a technicality was "a sneak attack. Mr. Brimer, for reasons known only to him, essentially declared war on his neighbors." Mavericks GM Norm Sonju said that the death of the bill could perhaps lead "to the exodus of other professional sports teams in the state" (Christopher Ave, FT. WORTH STAR- TELEGRAM, 5/25). KING JERRY: Irving officials said the defeat of the bill "doesn't have any material effect" on the city's potential cooperation with Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones for improvements to Texas Stadium. Jones is seeking partial funding for a $180M renovation of the stadium, including sealing the roof, adding several thousand more seats and an interactive theme park (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/25).