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Spring training bill for Tucson is alive

TUCSON – A Cochise County lawmaker has stepped up to the plate to help revive a tax intended to keep spring training in Pima County.

Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, said he’s been assured the measure will now be given a vote in the House.

Stevens volunteered to step in for fellow Republican Rep. Vic Williams of Tucson.

Williams introduced the bill but watched it bog down after voting against his party’s budget package last week.

If it passes the Legislature and is signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, Pima County residents would be asked to vote on taxing car rentals, hotels, restaurants, bars, retail outlets and other ”amusements” to pay for stadium construction and improvement.

Supporters said the $15 million in annual revenue it would generate could lure new teams to Tucson.

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