State Senator Julianne Ortman has requested that the Senate Tax Committee (of which Ortman is the Chair) review the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill. The bill is currently being heard in the Senate Finance Committee, which was thought to have been the bill’s last stop before going to the full Senate for a vote.
The Senate Tax Committee is considered to have a strong anti-stadium tilt, so a hearing in the committee could stop the bill in its tracks. Ortman herself is frequently listed as a likely stadium opponent, given her “no” vote on Target Field and past public statements expressing “neutrality” and some skepticism on this issue.
[UPDATE]: State Senator Claire Robling, the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, indicated in today’s hearing that their committee will be forwarding the bill to Ortman’s Tax Committee instead of the floor of the Senate.