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No Vote On Vikings Stadium Bill

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Members of the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee met Wednesday to discuss the proposed bill for a new Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis. After hours of discussion, however, the bill has been tabled and a vote postponed.

The bill must jump through dozens of other hoops, including clearing multiple committees and floor votes in both chambers. Finally, it must get support from the Minneapolis City Council.

Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chair Ted Mondale answered questions about everything from who will run the facility to how much money will it generate and how much the Vikings are kicking in.

“The Vikings are putting in over 50 percent of the money to run this facility and to build it together, and we think that’s fair and makes sense for the market and we think it’s quite fairly substantial,” Mondale said.

The first hearing in the House is expected by the end of the week and will focus on the issue of gambling to fund the state’s portion of the costs.

Some lawmakers are wondering whether electronic pull tabs will generate enough revenue to support the state’s $398 million commitment to the project.

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