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After failing in a lower House committee a week earlier, the elite Ways and Means Committee has advanced the publicly subsidized stadium project for the Minnesota Vikings to the House floor on a voice vote.

House Ways and Means advances Vikings to floor on voice vote

Rep. John Kriesel

An elite state House panel on Monday night advanced the publicly subsidized stadium project for the Minnesota Vikings to the House floor on a voice vote.

The Vikings stadium, which involves a $398 million contribution from the state, went down in a roll-call vote in the House Government Operations Committee a week ago. The House Ways and Means Committee tonight took up legislation sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, that was agnostic toward the Vikings but raised state revenue through allowing electronic pulltabs and bingo. Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, the chief stadium author in the House, amended his stadium legislation onto Kriesel’s bill. Despite the length of the hearing on the stadium amendment, the outcome was hard to analyze because no roll call was taken and no division was requested on Chair Mary Liz Holberg’s ruling that the vote had more “ayes” than “nays.”

The committee then agreed on another voice vote to pass the bill to the floor without recommendation.

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