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Vikings Stadium Bill Stalls Ahead of Key Deadline

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ST. PAUL  (AP) — The plan to help finance a new Minnesota Vikings stadium has at least temporarily stalled at the Capitol, and Gov. Mark Dayton is pressuring key GOP leaders to help keep it moving.

The Senate Local Government and Elections Committee tabled the stadium bill Wednesday even though a vote had been promised. The bill’s Senate sponsor says concern about a proposed gambling expansion in the bill had put its passage in question.

The delay is important because Friday is a legislative deadline. If the bill does not pass at least one statehouse committee by then, lawmakers will have to waive that deadline. House Speaker Kurt Zellers would not commit to doing so Wednesday.

Dayton said “underhanded tactics” were behind the bill’s delay but would not call out culprits by name.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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