Dramatic reversals for Vikings stadium bill

The Minnesota Senate first overturned 18 months of negotiations, then flipped back tonight.

Senators adopted a “user fee” proposal offered by John Howe, R-Red Wing, thanks to a last-minute switch by Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. The Senate adopted the Howe plan 34-33.

Here was the vote:

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Then, minutes later, led by Sen. Jim Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, the Senate decided to reconsider the measure. After the most impassioned debate of the 9-hour discussion, the Senate returned to the electronic pull tab plan. The Howe plan went down, 30-35, in the reconsideration vote.

Here’s the board for that tally:


It may have been the most dramatic 40 minutes of the stadium debate thus far — only to leave the bill where it started.

  • Patrick Phenow

    Should have known it was too good to be true.

  • LoieJ

    If the people wanted this more than good schools, they would have spoken. I guess.