BRADENTON, Fla. — As the Miami Dolphins continue to seek $225 million in public funding to upgrade their privately financed stadium, a Florida senator has filed a bill that would prohibit public funds from being spent on professional sports facilities without a local referendum.

Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, filed SB 630 last week. A similar bill he filed in 2007 failed to pass, but so did several measures that year that would have provided sports facility financing.

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