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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Key lawmaker calls Minneapolis stadium plan inadequate
The lead author of stadium legislation in the Minnesota House complains that Minneapolis' site proposal has not been vetted and that the city's plan is "quite inadequate." Rep. Morrie Lanning's comments are contrary to the upbeat remarks of his Senate counterpart, Julie Rosen, who said this week the Minneapolis plan is gaining strength.
Watch live: Senate debating stadium bill
Senators are expected to vote Tuesday on their proposal for a new home for the Vikings in downtown Minneapolis, but the future of the nearly $1 billion stadium is still uncertain. One of the latest amendments adopted on the Senate floor is the ban of local television blackouts for Vikings' games played in the new stadium.
"I'm just full of questions": lawmakers say details missing from stadium deal
Weeks of closed-door negotiations are over, but it's just a new beginning for the Vikings stadium effort. Some see a rocky road for the proposal at the Capitol. From doubts about Minneapolis' willingness to host it to qualms about promoting gambling, legislators sound uncertain about the stadium agreement.
Lawmakers gear up for stadium showdown Monday
12 hour debates in each chamber? It's a possibility on Monday, when the Minnesota House and Senate will both tackle the question of whether to spend nearly $400 million on a new Vikings stadium. Republicans have given up on their plan for a less expensive alternative.
Six legislators to negotiate final stadium proposal
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.
House approves stadium bill; Senate up next
The Minnesota House debated the Vikings stadium bill for more than eight hours before approving it Monday night. The Senate could take up the bill Tuesday. The final vote came after months of intense lobbying by Gov. Mark Dayton and the team, and produced a relatively easy 73-58 approval in the House.
Dayton puts chances of stadium bill passing at fifty percent
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Vikings stadium backers say deal coming this morning
The long-awaited stadium agreement would reportedly put the Vikings new home on the eastern edge of the current Metrodome site. It also would separate stadium funding from a renovation of Target Center.
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