House committee puts Vikings stadium bill in doubt

Gov. Mark Dayton and other supporters of the Minnesota Vikings’ bid to build a taxpayer-subsidized new stadium are facing long odds in keeping the proposal alive at Minnesota’s Capitol now that a House committee voted to reject it.

The House Government Operations Committee voted 9-6 against the stadium bill on Monday night. It was a major blow the team’s decade-long effort to secure a replacement for the Metrodome.

The legislative session is expected finish before the end of April, and the stadium bill’s House sponsor says getting the bill through will be like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. A Vikings spokesman says the team is “extremely disappointed” at the committee vote.

A Senate version of the stadium bill has been stalled for the last month.