Minneapolis City Council member Kevin Reich.

, Star Tribune

Swing Minneapolis vote on stadium could change

  • April 28, 2012 - 9:29 PM

A key City Council supporter of Mayor R.T. Rybak's Vikings stadium plan said he would "potentially" change his vote if an independent panel clashes with the city attorney's stance on a citywide vote.

The city attorney says the plan doesn't trigger a charter requirement to hold a referendum on public funding for stadiums. But Council Member Kevin Reich broke with stadium supporters last week when he voted in favor of a measure asking the city's charter commission to conduct its own analysis.

A "no" vote from Reich would eliminate Rybak's slim seven-member majority support on the council, something lawmakers say is crucial to the deal. Reich was one of two swing votes who waited weeks to pledge support.

"I think we should always be exploring every important issue and every big decision," Reich said.

Charter Commission Chair Barry Clegg said the 15-member panel would decide Wednesday whether to issue an opinion.

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