PHOENIX — A House panel agreed Wednesday to help Glendale with some of its 2015 Super Bowl costs, but with a warning that similar relief may not be available to other communities for big events.
The legislation approved by the Committee on Public Safety, Military and Public Affairs would allow any community to seek reimbursement of its police costs for any “major event.” That is classified as something that is awarded by a bid, is broadcast live and that attracts at least 14,000 people. But the panel trimmed the cap in HB 2547 in half, to just $2 million. That is less than Glendale lobbyist Brent Stoddard told lawmakers the city expects to spend on public safety.
And the legislation self-destructs at the end of next year without legislative reauthorization.
Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa, said it may be appropriate to have the state share in the costs rather than saddle the host city with the entire burden.
But Pierce said the original legislation would have put the state on the financial hook for other events that communities hope to attract. That includes efforts by Phoenix to land the 2016 Republican National Convention and to host an NCAA Final Four.