Pro sports teams in Florida seeking help from state

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Feb 24, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) leads Dale Earnhardt Jr (88) on the final lap during the 2013 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - With Florida's economy rebounding, there is a push this year in the Legislature to financially help professional sports teams, leagues and facilities.

Florida lawmakers are considering bills that could pay for renovations to the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars stadiums and Daytona International Speedway. Legislators are also considering whether to use state money to lure Major League Soccer back to Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott is open to the bills, but he wants the legislation to include certain requirements in order to protect taxpayers.

Scott has also asked legislators to set aside $5 million a year to help keep spring training alive in the state.

Some Senate Republicans, however, have said they will not approve new incentives for sports teams without eliminating existing tax breaks or incentives.

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