State Senate Passes Stadium Bill 09 May 12

The Minnesota Senate approved a Vikings stadium construction bill 38-28 late Tuesday night.

Bill author Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said the bill was a compromise among the parties involved, and “there’s a lot of win-win in it.”

“It’s a great day for Vikings fans and for Minnesota,” Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said after the vote.

A joint committee of House and Senate members will have to work to combine the two versions of the plan before final approval.

Rosen said the committee will have a lot to discuss, including possibly increasing the Vikings’ contribution to the project and how to include provisions such as user fees, which dominated Senate debate Tuesday.

The committee will start going over the plan immediately, Rosen said.

Senators rejected a plan 35-30 to replace stadium construction funding with user fees. They had voted 34-33 to accept the amendment, but rejected it after a member asked for senators to vote again.

Rosen included a limited version of user fees in her bill, mixed with using expanded charitable gambling taxes.