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Stadium bill still stagnant

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- The pressure is building on Minnesota lawmakers as a lot of stadium talks are picking up where they left off before the weekend. Activity was stirring both inside and outside the capitol Monday afternoon.

Gregory Hanson is one of many Vikings season ticket holders who was tailgating outside the state capitol.  "I really honestly believe the legislators don't want to be the ones to lose the Vikings on their watch," said Hanson.

"I think they want to decide on it," said Vikings fan Rosie Lund.  "And hopefully it will be a positive vote."

Inside the capitol's doors, discussions continued.  "I hope that we get an up or down vote in each chamber, both in the Senate and in the House," said Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester.  "I think that's the most minimum thing we can do."

If it doesn't happen, lawmakers have until May 21, to decide.  For some, the decision can't come soon enough.

"I understand there are other issues that might have a higher priority than the stadium," said Vikings fan Tom Nickerson. "But it feels a lot of people are dragging their feet."

"I have a feeling that it will pass," said Sen. Nelson.  "I think people realize that the time is now. There's economic benefit to keeping the Vikings here. 26-million-dollars a year in direct revenue, plus the additional revenues of SuperBowls and that type of thing"

"If we don't get it done this year. The NFL will be the ones pushing to move the team. Not the Wolfs," said Hanson. 

Senator Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont,  says she doesn't expect a floor vote on the Vikings stadium bill Monday.   She says she thinks the bill will be voted on this session, but says it is part of a larger package of issues, including a tax policy bill, that still need to be worked out.

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