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Vikings Stadium Update: Plan Catches Second Wind, Could Face Vote This Week

The Minnesota House and Senate could vote on the Vikings' stadium proposal by Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

Just last week a House committee shot down the stadium bill, prompting pessimism that the bill could get passed during this session. Bill sponsor Morrie Lanning, for instance, said, "Somebody's going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat."

Looks like someone may have found a rabbit.

From the Star Tribune:

The voice vote on the measure that merged the Vikings stadium plan into a bill that would greatly expand charitable gambling appeared to be mixed, making it hard to gauge how much support the plan enjoys among House members.

But the committee action on plans for the nearly $1 billion stadium, which would be built largely with public money, capped a day in which leading Republicans in both the House and Senate outlined a road map that would quickly spin the project through a series of final hearings and on to a vote this week.

According to the Star Tribune, there have been two big changes to the stadium plan in the past week. First, it is more likely that residents of Minneapolis will have a referendum on the issue. Second, financial relief for the Target Center, which is owned by the city, was made part of the plan.

SB Nation Minnesota will have more on this as new breaks.

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