A Minnesota Senate committee narrowly authorized a public subsidy on Friday to support the Vikings build a new football stadium, reviving the team’s struggling work just hours following NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the state Capitol to jumpstart what had been a stalled stadium debate.
The Senate’s Neighborhood Government and Elections Committee passed the bill on an 8-6 vote after a hearing that stretched practically four hours. While the stadium bill still 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 House committee sparked close to panic among supporters.
“We’re very pleased with the progress and that the bill moved forward,” Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president for stadium improvement, stated right after the Senate committee vote. “It’s been an up and down week, touch and go.”
The setback in the Residence had prompted the pay a visit to Friday by Goodell. He ad Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II met Friday morning with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to strain the urgency of resolving the Vikings’ decade-lengthy pursuit of a replacement for the Metrodome.
Even though 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 looking for its own football team — a prospect Goodell did not specifically squelch.
“They were here basically to say, `This is it folks,”‘ Dayton said following 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 nevertheless had a handful of committees to pass prior to it would be place to a floor vote.
“This is a positive step but many more remain,” Anderson wrote in response to an inquiry on the bill’s status.
Lawmakers are hoping to wrap up their session before the finish of April, and even Bagley acknowledged “there’s not that significantly time left.”
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