The Vikings stadium bill is one step closer to Gov. Dayton’s desk. The Senate passed the bill last night 38-28 after ten hours of debate. The move means both the House and Senate have signaled support for the plan.
Here’s the roll call in the Senate
A joint House/Senate Conference Committee will now start debating their differences on the bills. The House is represented by Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska and Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL-Mankato. The Senate is represented by Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria and Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth. Every member of the conference committee voted for the bills. The conference committee is expected to start work immediately.
The Pi Press has a good breakdown of the differences in the House and Senate bills.
The House and Senate appear to be taking another stab at a Tax bill. The Tax Bill conference committee is scheduled to meet at 9am. The two Republican chairs of the Tax Committee have been negotiating with their DFL counterparts and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans. There haven’t yet reached a deal.
The Bonding bill is headed to Gov. Dayton’s desk. The House voted to take the Senate language. Dayton is expected to sign the bill.
The Legislative Auditor says local governments should encourage consolidation.
The CIA says the Al-Qaeda bomber was a CIA informant.
GOP House Speaker John Boehner says the House will work to extend all tax rates.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is now a Swiss Citizen.
Same-sex marriage debate
North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.
The Republican Party of Minnesota reached a rent agreement with its landlord. The agreement means the party won’t be evicted.
Race for U.S. Senate
Republican Pete Hegseth gets a pre-convention boost from a Super PAC.
Race for President
Mitt Romney won primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia.
A felon defeated President Obama in several West Virginia counties during Tuesday’s primary.
The same-sex marriage debate poses a problem for President Obama.