A Minnesota Senate committee narrowly approved a public subsidy on Friday to help the Vikings develop a new football stadium, reviving the team’s struggling work just hours right after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the state Capitol to jumpstart what had been a stalled stadium debate.
The Senate’s Nearby Government and Elections Committee passed the bill on an 8-six vote after a hearing that stretched nearly four hours. Even though the stadium bill nevertheless faces a extended haul in the waning days of Minnesota’s legislative session, the committee’s vote gave it new life four days immediately after a companion bill’s defeat in a Residence committee sparked near panic among supporters.
“We’re quite pleased with the progress and that the bill moved forward,” Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president for stadium improvement, said after the Senate committee vote. “It’s been an up and down week, touch and go.”
The setback in the Property had prompted the go to Friday by Goodell. He ad Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II met Friday morning with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to tension the urgency of resolving the Vikings’ decade-extended pursuit of a replacement for the Metrodome.
Although the Vikings will play next season in the dome, their lease there has expired. That has raised fears the franchise could get snatched by Los Angeles or yet another city seeking its personal football team — a prospect Goodell did not precisely squelch.
“They were here essentially to say, `This is it people,”‘ Dayton mentioned after the meeting.
The Senate bill moves on to the Jobs and Financial Growth Committee, Vikings director of corporate communications Jeff Anderson wrote on Twitter. Anderson mentioned the bill still had a handful of committees to pass before it would be place to a floor vote.
“This is a positive step but a number of far more stay,” Anderson wrote in response to an inquiry on the bill’s status.
Lawmakers are hoping to wrap up their session ahead of the end of April, and even Bagley acknowledged “there’s not that considerably time left.”
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