Florida legislators put off making a final decision on money for pro sports teams

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida won't be handing out millions to help out pro sports teams anytime soon.

A legislative panel on Thursday voted to delay ranking four proposals requesting $255 million in taxpayer money.

Instead, the requests will be considered during the legislative session that starts next month.

Rep. Richard Corcoran, chairman of the Legislative Budget Commission, said he remains opposed to all the proposals. But he said a final vote should be made by the 160 members of the Legislature and not a stand-alone committee.

The rankings had been considered crucial because lawmakers did not set aside enough money for the state's new sports grant program in its first year.

Money had been requested to help the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, the fledgling Orlando City Lions soccer team and Daytona International Speedway.

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