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Council to take test vote on stadium bill

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: April 24, 2012 - 10:37 AM

Nearly a month after R.T. Rybak secured seven City Council letters of support for his Vikings stadium plan, he will find out Tuesday whether they translate into votes.

The Vikings stadium bill, which has been making the rounds at the Capitol, gets a public hearing at City Hall Tuesday before the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. At least 30 people are expected to testify, followed by a key City Council test vote.

The committee chair, Elizabeth Glidden, said in an e-mail she expects the committee will vote on whether to support the stadium plan as part of the city's legislative agenda. While not a vote on the bill itself, it will put each member on the record regarding the state's legislation.

Even as the bill heads for a possible floor vote this week at the Capitol, Minneapolis components of the stadium plan have faced a rocky road in recent days. On Friday, a committee stripped language that would allow the city to upgrade Target Center.

Earlier that week, another committee eliminated language that would nullify the Minneapolis Charter -- potentially opening the door to lawsuits over the city's referendum requirements.

The Council has met publicly twice to discuss the stadium plan -- in December and January -- but not since the bill has been released. Those hearings did not include public testimony.

Tuesday's committee meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the Council chambers in City Hall. Members of the public will have two minutes each to testify -- two hours of testimony will be allowed.

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