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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:43

Marlins Proposed FacilityBy an 86-24 vote today, the Florida House approved a state funding bill that would pass along a $60 million tax subsidy to the Florida Marlins for a new baseball-only stadium. The bill now moves to the Senate, the final hurdle it would need before heading to a sympathetic Gov. Crist's desk.

There's a slight problem, however.

A similar bill is currently stuck in the Senate where it could eventually wind up on a floor vote with the House. In a case of hot potato, the House and Senate are pushing each other to approve the bills making their way through the process. As reported by the Miami Herald:

'We have sent a good piece of legislation to the Senate,'' said state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a Miami Republican, transferring the burden onto senators who have traditionally been the ones to kill the idea. ''We hope they take this up -- and pass it.''

Sen. Rudy Garcia, a Hialeah Republican who is sponsoring a similar Marlins bill in the Senate, said the burden is not on the senators, but rather on House Speaker Marco Rubio and Senate President Ken Pruitt to decide on a plan.

Garcia's plan was to cut the Marlins -- and two other professional sports teams in the state -- a one-time, $32.6 million check from the state's so-called ''non-recurring'' money. Problem is that measure, which had no backing in the House, never went anywhere.

The bill from the Senate is currently being held in committee where it is not seen to be released before the end of the legislative session which is now just over a week away. 
 
 
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