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Dolphins stadium deal spiked in Tallahassee, timeline of a deal-gone-down

The Florida Legislature adjourned Friday without giving the Miami Dolphins approval to move ahead with a taxpayer-supported stadium upgrade.

For more on the Dolphins deal, read here:

Below is a timeline of events, showing how the teams' effort evolved and eventually failed in the Florida Legislature:

Jan. 15, 2013: Dolphins make official pitch for a new stadium, supported by state tax dollars, and draft legislation in for a tax deal.

Jan. 23, 2013: Miami-Dade County sends resolution to Tallahassee lawmakers, asking them to approve the tax deal.

Feb. 5, 2013: First Senate panel hears, approves Dolphins stadium bill on a unanimous vote.

Feb. 7, 2013: Miami Dade local delegation does not make Dolphins bill a priority when setting its legislative agenda. Several Miami-Dade lawmakers oppose deal.

Feb. 9, 2013: Dolphins agree to a voter referendum on the stadium issue.

March 5, 2013: Session begins.

March 6, 2013: Dolphins bill clears second Senate Finance & Tax committee unanimously. Amendment to $13 million end tax break for international banks added.

March 6, 2013: Gov. Rick Scott lays out requirements for any sports team looking for sales tax breaks. Requirements include referendum and 30-year non-relocation agreement.

March 8, 2013: In first hearing in Florida House, Dolphins bill dodges “hostile amendments,” passing on a 12-4 vote. Norman Braman appeared at House Finance & Tax Committee meeting to protest bill.

March 14, 2013: The bill passed Senate’s Appropriations committee on a 16-1 vote.

March 22, 2013: Dolphins agree to pay for referendum vote, estimated to cost nearly $5 million.

March 27, 2013: With effort stalling in Florida House, Dolphins agree to pay back $167 million of the tax dollars after 30 years.

March 27, 2013: Stephen Ross’s plane lands in Tallahassee, one of several trips to meet with state lawmakers this year.

April 2, 2013: Bill gets major overhaul as it Senate Rules Committee unanimously. The amended bill requires the Dolphins to compete with other sports teams for a pot of tax breaks, and includes several clawbacks.

April 3, 2013: House Economic Affairs committee approves bill on a 10-7 vote, highlighting growing opposition in the House.

April 5, 2013: State elections office gives Dolphins go-ahead for paying for referendum vote, scheduled for May 14.

April 8, 2013: Dolphins reach agreement with Miami-Dade County on stadium deal, allowing team to focus its efforts fully on Tallahassee, where stadium campaign remains in limbo.

April 12, 2013: Dolphins CEO Mike Dee presents Miami-Dade County a $4.7 million check to fund the ballot referendum.

April 18, 2013: With bill stalled in House for two weeks, House budget chairman Rep. Seth McKeel says he has no plans to bring it up for a hearing. The bill halts in that chamber.

April 18, 2013: After minor amendments, Dolphins bill passes final committee in the Senate, unanimously. Senators call on House to act.

April 18, 2013: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross travels to Capitol, meets with House Speaker Will Weatherford.

April 25, 2013: Weatherford distances himself from Dolphins bill, blames Senate for not sending proposal over fast enough.

April 26, 2013: New amendment to bill would require referendum to pass for sales tax dollars to be awarded.

April 30, 2013: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Dolphins CEO Stephen Ross come to Tallahassee, discuss bill with Gov. Scott and Weatherford.

April 30, 2013: Bill clears Senate in 35-4 vote. Amendment strips Dolphins of ability to get sales tax break before 2014. Meanwhile, early voting began in the Miami-Dade referendum.

May 1, 2013: House Democrats spend two days stalling the legislative process to protest healthcare stalemate. Dolphins bill remains stuck in limbo during House delays.

May 2, 2013: Florida Senate tacks Dolphins bill onto another bill and sends over to House in an attempt to get a hearing. House continues to refuse to hear bill.

May 2, 2013: Hall of Fame Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino comes to Tallahassee, pitches support for stadium in talks with Scott, Weatherford.

May 2, 2013: With 24 hours left in session, Weatherford maintains that the Dolphins bill faces “uphill battle” in Tallahassee.

May 3, 2013: With two separate bills stalling in the House, and the clock winding down on Session, part of the Dolphins bill is tacked onto a massive “Transportation” bill in a last-minute amendment by the Senate. The House, again, refused to hear the measure.

May 3, 2013: Florida House and Senate adjourn without passing any of three bills that could have helped the Dolphins.

May 14, 2013: Scheduled Miami-Dade referendum date for the stadium deal. To be canceled.


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The Tea Party and Rick Scott defeated this bill.

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