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Super Bowl bill gets Arizona Senate panel’s approval

PHOENIX — An Arizona legislative bill that would help the city of Glendale
cover public safety costs during the next Super Bowl received unanimous approval
Tuesday from a key panel.

The Arizona Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the heavily
watered-down House Bill 2547 that would require Arizona to cover half the costs
Glendale incurs for the 2015 Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The
state House approved the bill earlier this month.

Officials said previous threats to safety at other venues such as the Boston
Marathon bombings have increased security costs.

Glendale officials estimated the city will spend $3.2 million on public safety
for the game. It spent $2.3 million for that purpose for the 2008 Super Bowl.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said the city cannot afford to cover those costs on
its own, and it might not be able to host in the future if there is no

“It’s just a fact. My city does not have the funds to host these major events
if we don’t get some sort of help,” he said.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, initially would have
reimbursed the city up to $4 million for public-safety costs. But several
amendments along the way have watered down the bill, and it now would only stand
for one year, meaning it would benefit only Glendale.

The bill also created a study committee to determine whether the state should
continue the reimbursement program in the future.

Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, said she has received numerous emails from
constituents who believe the bill benefits only Glendale and not the rest of
Arizona. She nonetheless voted in favor.

“I can’t imagine a Boston Marathon incident happening in the state of Arizona,
which is always possible,” said Sen. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma.


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