House author says stadium bill coming Monday, timing will be tight

It's been nearly a week since Governor Dayton and the Vikings owners unveiled their stadium agreement. And lawmakers still don't have a bill to vote on. But Rep. Morrie Lanning says that will likely change on Monday. That's only five days before a deadline for bills to be passed by a committee.
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It's been nearly a week since Governor Dayton and the Vikings owners unveiled their stadium agreement. And lawmakers still don't have a bill to vote on. But Rep. Morrie Lanning says that will likely change on Monday. That's only five days before a deadline for bills to be passed by a committee.

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