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Four major pieces of legislation still uncertain at the State Capitol

Right now, the Vikings stadium bill is dominating the attention in St. Paul. However, lawmakers are also hoping to pass a public works bonding bill, a tax bill and legislation to change teacher tenure rules. Republicans want to wrap up the session by Monday, but they're not required to adjourn until May 21.
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Right now, the Vikings stadium bill is dominating the attention in St. Paul. However, lawmakers are also hoping to pass a public works bonding bill, a tax bill and legislation to change teacher tenure rules. Republicans want to wrap up the session by Monday, but they're not required to adjourn until May 21.

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The House and Senate adjourned the legislative session Thursday after passing a bill to help fund a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis. In the final week of the legislative session lawmakers also sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill to cut taxes and a public works bonding bill.

State lawmakers off Wednesday, hope to adjourn Thursday

Minnesota legislators wanted to adjourn Monday, but missed the self-imposed deadline of April 30th. Lawmakers are still negotiating three major issues, including a new Vikings stadium bill, a package of tax cuts and a list of state-funded construction projects, but no floor sessions are scheduled Wednesday. The legislative session is required to adjourn by May 21.

Legislative session extends into May

State lawmakers were unable to meet their self-imposed adjournment deadline of April 30th. Republican leaders are still negotiating three major pieces of business with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton: a package of tax cuts, a list of state-funded construction projects, and a plan for a new Vikings stadium. The Legislature is not required to adjourn until May 21st.

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The panel of lawmakers needs to quickly reach a compromise after the House and Senate approved differing stadium bills this week. Senators passed its version late Tuesday night after an 11-hour debate. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley told Forum Communications it is time to “sit down and roll up our sleeves” to hammer out the details of a final bill.

Republicans float open-air Vikings stadium proposal

The latest proposal lowers the state's stadium contribution by eliminating the roof, at least for now. The roof-ready structure would still be in downtown Minneapolis and financing would be added to the bonding bill. Gov. Mark Dayton called the idea an end-of-the-session "gimmick."

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The debate over public funding for a new Vikings stadium will occupy center stage when the legislative session opens later this month. The Pioneer Press has a look at the lineup for this contest. Lawmakers Morrie Lanning and Julie Rosen are the quarterbacks, Vikings fans are the offensive line, and opponents of expanded gambling are the 350-pound nose tackle. Governor Mark Dayton? He's the referee.

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Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem says if lawmakers finish their other business, they may not want to stay at the Capitol waiting for a stadium deal. There's no timetable in the ongoing talks between the Dayton administration, the Vikings, and Minneapolis.