ST. PAUL (AP) -- In spite of a lull in budget negotiations, a football stadium task force proposal got the endorsement of a key Senate committee Thursday.
The bill would create a task force, including lawmakers, to study the possibilities of financing a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. It was sent to the floor by a split voice vote in the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Dave Johnson, DFL-Bloomington, said the football task force bill might fare better right now than another stadium bill moving through the Legislature.
"I think it gets a lot tougher to pass financing for a Twins stadium," he said. "But this is just a study. This would have a better chance right now."
Differing proposals for a new Minnesota Twins stadium earlier appeared to be rolling along toward floor votes in both the House and Senate.
But after talks broke down Wednesday night, legislative leaders may slow the pace. It's unlikely that lawmakers would approve $150 million in upfront state help to finance a ballpark when funding for things such as schools and nursing homes hasn't been resolved.
Johnson said he would work to keep the two stadium bills separate in people's minds -- to remind his colleagues that the bill he is sponsoring is a $150,000 study, not $150 million to help build a stadium.
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