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No Subsidies for Stadiums Act

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IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES



Senator  MacGillicuddy-Ricardo (for herself, and with appreciation to Congressman Russell of Oklahoma) introduces

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat obligations financing professional sports stadiums as private activity bonds if such obligations meet the private business use test.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.
This Act may be cited as the “No Tax Subsidies for Stadiums Act”.

SEC. 2. Treatment of certain obligations financing professional sports stadiums as private activity bonds.

(a) In general.—Section 141(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(10) SPECIAL RULE FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS STADIUMS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—In the case of any issue any proceeds of which are to be used to provide a professional sports stadium, such issue shall be treated as meeting the private security or payment test of subsection (b)(2).
“(B) PROFESSIONAL SPORTS STADIUM.—For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘professional sports stadium’ means any facility (and appurtenant real property) which, during at least 5 days during any calendar year, is used as a stadium or arena for professional sports exhibitions, games, or training.”.
(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after the date of the enactment of this Act.


PES: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the tax exemption requirements for state and local bonds, to specify that bonds issued to finance professional sports stadiums meet the private security or payment test. (A state or local bond that satisfies both the private business use test and the private security or payment test is considered a private activity bond that is taxable unless it is used for certain qualified private activities.)

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