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Minnesota Casino Revenues for Vikings Stadium Amendment (2010)

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A Minnesota Casino Revenues for Vikings Stadium Amendment did not appear on the 2010 ballot in Minnesota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment because it was not approved by the state legislature.

The measure was proposed by Tom Hackbarth, a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. His idea was to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot, which would allow a casino in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The tax revenues generated through that casino would have been used to pay for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.[1]

The legislative session ended on May 17, 2010. Lawmakers failed to approve the proposed amendment and Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he does not plan to hold a special session for the stadium amendment."The Vikings' issue is now going to have to wait for next year, Pawlenty said.[2]


At the Minnesota State Fair, fair attendees were polled on several state issues including the proposed Viking stadium. The measure had already missed the deadline for the 2010 ballot. According to reports, nearly two-thirds of those polled said they do not want to use public tax dollars for the new stadium.[3]

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See also: Minnesota legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

Proposed amendments must be agreed to by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature. However, by the end of the 2010 legislative session the proposed amendment was not approved. The measure was approved by a subcommittee House but failed to garner full House approval. In the Senate, the bill was rewritten but wasn't approved. On May 17, 2010 Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he would not consider a special session for the amendment.[2]

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