Vikings stadium bill passes House, awaits action by Senate

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Vikings Stadium drawing via teamAfter more than eight hours of floor debate Monday, the House passed the Vikings stadium bill (HF 1485) by a 73-58 vote.

House passage is a significant victory for stadium proponents, but the bill still faces a difficult road ahead.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where it will be voted on later today. Even if the Senate passes a stadium bill, it is likely to be different than the House version, so a conference committee would need to reconcile the two.

House passes bonding bill, heads to Senate

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st. paul capitol caitlinThe Minnesota House of Representatives passed a $496 million bonding bill by a wide margin earlier today. On Monday afternoon, the House passed a new bonding bill by a 99-32 margin.

Highlights of the new and more expensive bill include $64 million to the University of Minnesota, $132 million for MnSCU, $44 million for renovations to the State Capitol, $30 million for flood mitigation, and a several millions more for local roads and bridges.

House to vote on Vikings stadium bill today – 5/7 Headlines

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Vikings Stadium drawing via teamAs the Minnesota House of Representatives kicks off Monday’s session with a vote on the stadium scheduled for later today, take a look at some of the local and national headlines on the stadium bill.

The bill needs 68 votes to pass the House. DFL leaders have said they will provide 34 votes, though it is unclear whether the GOP will provide the remaining 34 votes.

Dayton vetoes ‘last in, first out’ teacher tenure reform bill

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dayton really talking“Anti-public schools,” anti-public school teachers,” and “anti-collective bargaining” were just some of the ways Gov. Mark Dayton described the legislation in his veto of HF 1870, a bill that would have required school districts to consider teacher performance in addition to seniority when laying off teachers.

Dayton formalized the expected veto on Thursday. The House and Senate both approved the final versions of the bill last week.

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