BILL NO. 164
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
68 Elizabeth II, 2019
Private Member's Bill
Sports Stadium Funding Act
First Reading: October 1, 2019
WHEREAS the construction of new sports stadiums for use in whole or in part by professional sports teams and organizations in Nova Scotia is being discussed and may become a reality;
AND WHEREAS requests are expected and are being made for the allocation of public funds towards the costs of construction, operation and support of the new sports stadiums;
AND WHEREAS no public funds should be used for the construction, operation or support of new sports stadiums used in whole or in part by professional sports teams or organizations;
THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Sports Stadium Funding Act.
2 In this Act,
(a) "parks and facilities" means any park, common field, sports or athletic field, facility or stadium accessible to the public and designated for the use and enjoyment of the public and operates primarily without charge to the public;
(b) "publicly funded advertising" means any advertising at sports stadiums paid for with public funds including advertising paid for by members of the House of Assembly;
(c) "public funds" means any public or government money including lottery revenues, municipal grants, special funds or money from the General Revenue Fund of the Province;
(d) "sports stadium" means a facility intended to be used in whole or in part for professional sport but does not include a university sports stadium.
3 No public funds may be used for the construction, operation, maintenance or support of a sports stadium in the Province on and after the coming into force of this Act.
4 Notwithstanding Section 3, where the expenditure of public funds in accordance with any other enactment is permitted and is authorized for the construction, operation, maintenance or support of parks and facilities, the other enactment prevails.
5 For greater certainty and notwithstanding Section 3, where on the coming into force of this Act, an existing sports stadium is receiving public funds for construction, operation, maintenance or support, the funding may continue and is not affected by this Act.
6 Publicly funded advertising is permitted at all sports stadiums.
7 The prohibition in Section 3 ends 10 years after the date this Act receives Royal Assent, unless the prohibition is extended upon resolution of the House of Assembly.
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