ST. PAUL -- The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission would get a new name under a bill approved by a Senate comittee on Wednesday, despite testimony from a Minneapolis official who said the change wasn't necessary.
The bill's author, Sen. Cal Larson, R-Fergus Falls, proposed renaming the commision to "better reflect the statewide role professional sports and stadiums play in the state's quality of life."
The commission owns and operates the Metrodome in Minneapols and participates in studies on national trends in professional sports.
His bill would also require the governor to appoint citizens from each of the state's congressional districts and a chairperson to serve on an 11-member council. "We don't have the Metropolitan Twins. We don't have the Metropolitan Vikings. It's Minnesota," Larson said. "The whole purpose (of the bill) is to get representation from all over the state," he said. Minneapolis City Coordinator John Moyer said that because the city has poured resources into construction and maintenance of the Metrodome over the years, it is entitled to choose the majority of the commission.
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