Senate panel cuts off stadium debate without vote; bill "wasn't quite ready"

The Senate author says "lots of discussions" this week will help answer questions about the stadium bill. The biggest concerns raised at the first Capitol hearing involved doubts that the state will really take in $62 million a year from electronic pull tabs.
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The Senate author says "lots of discussions" this week will help answer questions about the stadium bill. The biggest concerns raised at the first Capitol hearing involved doubts that the state will really take in $62 million a year from electronic pull tabs.

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