Bill Text: AZ SB1453 | 2018 | Fifty-third Legislature 2nd Regular | Introduced

Bill Title: Taxpayer financing; sports stadiums; compact.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2018-02-12 - Senate COMPS Committee action: Discussion Only, voting: (0-0-0-0) [SB1453 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2018-SB1453-Introduced.html



REFERENCE TITLE: taxpayer financing; sports stadiums; compact.





State of Arizona


Fifty-third Legislature

Second Regular Session



SB 1453


Introduced by

Senators Petersen: Gray





AMENDING Title 5, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding chapter 10; relating to PROFESSIONAL SPORTS STADIUMS.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 5, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding chapter 10, to read:




START_STATUTE5-1201.  Adoption of compact; text of compact

The compact against taxpayer financing of professional sports stadiums is enacted into law as follows:

Article I


As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Professional sports" means any sporting event or competition featuring non-amateur athletes.  High school or collegiate level athletics and competitions funded solely by 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities within their charitable purpose are excluded from this definition.

2.  "Stadium" or "Professional Sports Stadium" means a venue that hosts two or more professional sports events in a calendar year, or two or more practices for any professional sports events.  Stadium includes practice and development facilities, office space, merchandising facilities, restaurants or lodging for either major and minor league professional sports teams.

3.  "Subsidy" means direct funding, tax credit, tax exemption, government bond, loan, loan guarantee or any other funding mechanism that comes from state or local government.

article II

Purpose of compact

The purpose of this compact is to prevent the use of taxpayer dollars for private professional sports stadiums and facilities by removing the ability of teams to use the threat of relocation to use taxpayer dollars to build their stadiums.

Article III

Effective date of compact

This compact becomes effective immediately when twenty‑four other states have ratified it and given consent thereto. The satisfaction of this requirement shall be determined by the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall notify the legislature when the requisite number of states has adopted a substantially similar measure.

Article IV

Prevention of state funds

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, no moneys held in the state's general revenue fund shall be expended or appropriated, nor shall a subsidy given for the construction, maintenance, promotion or operation of a professional sports stadium.

Article V

Prevention of local funds

Upon the effective date of this compact, no political subdivision of this state shall expend or appropriate public funds, nor provide a subsidy, for the construction, maintenance, promotion or operation of a professional sports stadium.

Article VI

Previous commitments

Nothing in this compact shall be interpreted to amend or breach any existing contract or inhibit bond financing and payment for any project approved prior to the effective date of this act.

Article VII

Infrastructure fees

Nothing in this compact shall prevent a state or political subdivision of the state from building and charging reasonable fees for infrastructure related to a professional sports stadium. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Intent

1.  Whereas, over the last few decades billions of dollars in public money has been spent on private professional sports stadiums and facilities.

2.  Whereas, state and local governments should spend their financial resources on the core functions of government, such as public safety, education and roads.

3.  Whereas, the funding of sports stadiums and venues often crowds out these core functions of government.

4.  Whereas, the promises of economic development and increased economic activity from professional sports stadiums are often overstated or never materialize.

5.  Whereas, the consumer spending on sports entertainment after stadiums are constructed often comes at the expense of consumer spending in other types of entertainment.

6.  Whereas, the overwhelming evidence from the academic research on stadium subsidies shows they do not produce net positive returns for states and localities.

7.  Whereas, subsidies are given to lure a professional sports team or to prevent a team from moving from one state to another state.

8.  Whereas, teams force states and cities to bid against each other, costing residents hundreds of millions of dollars.

9.  Therefore, the Legislature of the State of Arizona is opposed to government ownership, financing and spending of and for professional sports stadiums and adopts this interstate compact to prevent the public financing of professional sports stadiums and facilities.