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No Vikings Stadium Bill In Special Session

July 16, 2011

When the Minnesota State Legislature reconvenes in a special session early next week, the debate will not include a new Vikings stadium. The stadium bill’s sponsors in the House and Senate both contend that now is not the time to introduce the bill.

Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, says she and House sponsor Representative Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, remain strongly committed to the bill and will continue to work on the legislation.

“We will have a vote on (the stadium bill) and we’ll work to get it passed,” said Rosen. “But if I tried to get a vote on it right now, I’d be strung up.”

Katie Tinucci, a spokeswoman for Governor Dayton, confirmed in an email to the Star Tribune that Dayton “would consider another special session later this year to deal with the stadium.”

In a time when Republicans and Democrats cannot seem to agree on anything, both parties agreed that now is not the time for a stadium bill.

“There’s not a lot of support for cutting people off health care, cutting jobs, then turning around and authorizing bonding for a stadium,” said Rep. Michael Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park, a co-sponsor of the stadium bill.

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