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House Hits Smuggling Of Cuban Baseball Players

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The Florida House is telling Major League Baseball that, in order to receive funding for sports stadium projects, they would have to report any instances of human smuggling or trafficking of Cuban players.

The House began moving forward with the bill (HB 7095) Thursday that would create a process for the funding of sports stadiums.

Under an amendment added to the bill, MLB would have to show that it is willing to report information to the attorney general about human smuggling and trafficking of Cuban players.

Also, the amendment would require that Cuban players be able to contact as free agents, similar to the way most other foreign players are treated.

“We are not going to give away our taxpayer dollars until this ill is corrected,” said Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, a Miami Republican who sponsored the amendment with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.

The House could vote on the bill as soon as Friday.

“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”

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