Vikes Stadium Bill Defeated In Late-Night House Committee

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 6:12 am

A Minnesota House committee voted down the Vikings stadium bill Monday night, dealing a major blow to the team’s decade-long effort to secure a taxpayer subsidy for a replacement to the Metrodome.

The House Government Operations Committee mustered only six votes for the stadium proposal, with nine members voting against it. The vote, which came just after 10 p.m. following a four-hour hearing on the bill, makes it extremely unlikely the bill could be revived in the remaining weeks of a legislative session expected to wrap up before the end of April.

A Senate version of the stadium bill has been stalled in that chamber for the last month.

Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ point man on the stadium push at the Capitol, told the Associated Press afterward that the team was “extremely disappointed” at the outcome.

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