Senate Committee expects to take quick action on Vikings stadium bill

The Senate Local Government and Elections Committee has scheduled the first hearing on the Vikings stadium bill. The committee plans to vote on the measure within two hours of starting the hearing.

The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 15 of the State Capitol.

Here’s the message on the committee page regarding the Vikings bill.

“SF 2391 will be discussed first, with a vote on the bill no later than 2:40,” the message said. “Testimony will be limited to those who sign up in advance. Please limit comments to areas of Local Government pertinence, and to 5 minutes or less.”

The bill is expected to receive heavy scrutiny. MPR’s Tim Nelson reported this morning that committee chair Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, isn’t sure how the panel will vote on the bill.

Lawmakers have expressed several concerns. Key among them are whether revenue from the electronic pull-tab proposal will be enough to finance the bonds. Another is whether the plan has the support of the Minneapolis City Council.

A spokeswoman for the House Republican Caucus said the bill will have to go through at least four committees in that body. The bill has been referred to the House Commerce Committee. A hearing on the bill there has not been scheduled yet.

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