State Rep. John Kriesel, who is part of the Legislature's stadium working group, says "It's reaching a point where are almost forced to move on." Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem renewed his suggestion that lawmakers hold a special session to deal with a Vikings stadium. Meanwhile, talks involving the football team, Minneapolis, and the Dayton administration continue.
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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.
House committee to take up stadium bill, but lawmakers skeptical it'll pass
State lawmakers are not exactly sanguine about the prospects for a new Vikings stadium. One House DFLer doubts Republicans will agree to raise the state money called for in the stadium package. A Republican Senator says he sees no momentum for a stadium now "but it tends to change on a daily basis."
Dayton optimistic Vikings stadium bill will pass
The governor plans to spend his weekend persuading lawmakers to vote in favor of the stadium proposal next week. Gov. Mark Dayton told the Pioneer Press he predicts both chambers of the Legislature will approve the bill by a single vote. He said, "I've always thought it would pass by one vote."
Lawmakers spar over session achievements
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.
House lawmakers say Vikings stadium bill could get a hearing next week
MPR reports Republican Rep. Joe Hoppe indicated behind-the-scenes negotiations are making progress. Hoppe chairs the House Commerce Committee. The stadium bill stalled in a Senate hearing in early March. Meanwhile, Minneapolis City Council members who oppose the stadium bill plan to hold public hearings on the proposal.
Will Legislature step on Minneapolis charter with stadium bill? Wouldn't be the first time
The Vikings stadium bill that's pending at the Capitol would override Minneapolis' charter by directing city sales taxes to a stadium without a public referendum. But overruling city charters is nothing new for the Legislature. Both sides say it happens all the time.
Dayton 'pessimistic', looks to next year for stadium bill
Governor Mark Dayton says he's disappointed a House committee rejected the latest best hope for a Vikings stadium deal at the Legislature. He says if things don't work out, he's already looking to the 2013 session.
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.
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