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University of Minnesota Gophers football stadium

The university started the 2006 legislative session with a plan that would have required the state to pay 40 percent of a $249 million stadium. The university would pay the rest through private fundraising and a $100-per-year student fee. Then a new deal surfaced that would increase the state's portion, but at the end of a 25-year payment period, the Department of Natural Resources would own 2,800 acres of undeveloped land in the Vermillion River watershed. The land is part of a 7,700-acre tract the federal government donated to the university 60 years ago. The deal would also cut the proposed student fee in half.

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Gophers get their football stadium (05/20/2006)
Pawlenty signs one stadium bill; one to go (05/24/2006)

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Governor's Desk
May 24, 2006

Result: Signed

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House approval
May 20, 2006 (HF 263)

The Gophers stadium would be ready for the 2009 season. It would end a quarter-century hiatus of college football from the university campus. Memorial Stadium was torn down after the university moved its games to the Metrodome in 1982. When interest on the debt is figured in, the state's share adds up to about $10.25 million a year - or $1.7 million a game for the next 25 years. The university will cover the 45 percent of the stadium through a $35 million naming-rights deal with TCF Bank, other private donations and a student fee of $25 a year.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Jim Abeler Republican 48B FOR
Ron Abrams Republican 43B FOR
Bruce Anderson Republican 19A AGAINST
Joe Atkins DFL 39B FOR
Michael Beard Republican 35A FOR
Connie Bernardy DFL 51B AGAINST
Greg Blaine Republican 12B FOR
Fran Bradley Republican 29B FOR
Laura Brod Republican 25A FOR
Mark Buesgens Republican 35B AGAINST
Lyndon Carlson DFL 45B FOR
Mike Charron Republican 56A FOR
Karen Clark DFL 61A AGAINST
Tony Cornish Republican 24B FOR
Ray Cox Republican 25B FOR
Lloyd Cybart Republican 37A FOR
Gregory M. Davids Republican 31B FOR
Jim Davnie DFL 62A FOR
Chris DeLaForest Republican 49A FOR
Matt Dean Republican 52B AGAINST
Randy Demmer Republican 29A FOR
Jerry Dempsey Republican 28A FOR
David Dill DFL 06A FOR
Denise Dittrich DFL 47A FOR
Dan Dorman Republican 27A FOR
John Dorn DFL 23B FOR
Rob Eastlund Republican 17A FOR
Kent Eken DFL 02A AGAINST
Keith Ellison DFL 58B AGAINST
Tom Emmer Republican 19B AGAINST
Matt Entenza DFL 64A FOR
Ron Erhardt Republican 41A FOR
Sondra Erickson Republican 16A AGAINST
Brad Finstad Republican 21B FOR
Patti Fritz DFL 26B FOR
Pat Garofalo Republican 36B FOR
Paul Gazelka Republican 12A AGAINST
Barbara Goodwin DFL 50A AGAINST
Mindy Greiling DFL 54A AGAINST
Bob Gunther Republican 24A FOR
Tom Hackbarth Republican 48A FOR
Rod Hamilton Republican 22B FOR
Rick Hansen DFL 39A FOR
Alice Hausman DFL 66B AGAINST
Larry Haws DFL 15B AGAINST
Bud Heidgerken Republican 13A FOR
Debra Hilstrom DFL 46B FOR
Bill Hilty DFL 08A AGAINST
Mary Liz Holberg Republican 36A FOR
Joe Hoppe Republican 34B FOR
Frank Hornstein DFL 60B FOR
Melissa Hortman DFL 47B FOR
Larry Hosch DFL 14B AGAINST
Larry Howes Republican 04B FOR
Thomas Huntley DFL 07A AGAINST
Mike Jaros DFL 07B AGAINST
Jeff Johnson Republican 43A FOR
Ruth Johnson DFL 23A FOR
Sheldon Johnson DFL 67B AGAINST
Al Juhnke DFL 13B FOR
Phyllis Kahn DFL 59B FOR
Margaret Anderson Kelliher DFL 60A FOR
Karen Klinzing Republican 56B FOR
Jim Knoblach Republican 15A AGAINST
Lyle Koenen DFL 20B FOR
Paul Kohls Republican 34A FOR
Philip Krinkie Republican 53A AGAINST
Morrie Lanning Republican 09A FOR
Dan Larson DFL 63B FOR
Ron Latz DFL 44B FOR
Ann Lenczewski DFL 40B FOR
John Lesch DFL 66A FOR
Tina Liebling DFL 30A AGAINST
Bernard Lieder DFL 01B FOR
Leon Lillie DFL 55A FOR
Diane Loeffler DFL 59A AGAINST
Doug Magnus Republican 22A FOR
Tim Mahoney DFL 67A AGAINST
Carlos Mariani DFL 65B AGAINST
Paul Marquart DFL 09B FOR
Denny McNamara Republican 57B FOR
Doug Meslow Republican 53B FOR
Frank Moe DFL 04A FOR
Joe Mullery DFL 58A AGAINST
Mary Murphy DFL 06B AGAINST
Michael Nelson DFL 46A FOR
Peter Nelson Republican 17B FOR
Scott Newman Republican 18A FOR
Bud Nornes Republican 10A FOR
Mark Olson Republican 16B AGAINST
Mary Ellen Otremba DFL 11B AGAINST
Dennis Ozment Republican 37B FOR
Erik Paulsen Republican 42B FOR
Michael Paymar DFL 64B AGAINST
Gene Pelowski, Jr. DFL 31A FOR
Maxine Penas Republican 01A FOR
Joyce Peppin Republican 32A AGAINST
Aaron Peterson DFL 20A FOR
Neil W. Peterson Republican 41B FOR
Sandra Peterson DFL 45A FOR
Jeanne Poppe DFL 27B FOR
Duke Powell Republican 40A FOR
Tom Rukavina DFL 05A FOR
Connie Ruth Republican 26A FOR
Maria Ruud DFL 42A FOR
Brita Sailer DFL 02B AGAINST
Char Samuelson Republican 50B FOR
Bev Scalze DFL 54B FOR
Marty Seifert Republican 21A FOR
Anthony Sertich DFL 05B FOR
Dan Severson Republican 14A AGAINST
Katie Sieben DFL 57A FOR
Steve Simon DFL 44A FOR
Dean Simpson Republican 10B FOR
Nora Slawik DFL 55B FOR
Steve Smith Republican 33A FOR
Judy Soderstrom Republican 08B AGAINST
Loren Solberg DFL 03B FOR
Steve Sviggum Republican 28B FOR
Barb Sykora Republican 33B FOR
Cy Thao DFL 65A FOR
Paul Thissen DFL 63A FOR
Kathy Tingelstad Republican 49B FOR
Dean Urdahl Republican 18B FOR
Ray Vandeveer Republican 52A AGAINST
Jean Wagenius DFL 62B FOR
Neva Walker DFL 61B AGAINST
Lynn Wardlow Republican 38B FOR
Andy Welti DFL 30B FOR
Andrew Westerberg Republican 51A FOR
Torrey Westrom Republican 11A FOR
Tim Wilkin Republican 38A AGAINST
Kurt Zellers Republican 32B FOR

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Senate approval
May 20, 2006 (SF 2460)

The Senate vote was 43-24.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Ellen R. Anderson DFL 66 AGAINST
Michele M. Bachmann Republican 52 AGAINST
Thomas M. Bakk DFL 06 FOR
William V. Belanger Republican 40 FOR
Linda Berglin DFL 61 AGAINST
Don Betzold DFL 51 FOR
Terri Bonoff DFL 43 FOR
Satveer Chaudhary DFL 50 AGAINST
Tarryl Clark DFL 15 FOR
Richard J. Cohen DFL 64 FOR
Dick Day Republican 26 AGAINST
D. Scott Dibble DFL 60 FOR
Steve Dille Republican 18 AGAINST
Michelle L. Fischbach Republican 14 AGAINST
Leo T. Foley DFL 47 FOR
Dennis R. Frederickson Republican 21 FOR
Chris Gerlach Republican 37 FOR
David Hann Republican 42 FOR
Linda Higgins DFL 58 FOR
John C. Hottinger DFL 23 FOR
Dean E. Johnson DFL 13 FOR
Debbie J. Johnson Republican 49 AGAINST
Michael J. Jungbauer Republican 48 AGAINST
Steve Kelley DFL 44 FOR
Bob Kierlin Republican 31 FOR
Sheila M. Kiscaden DFL 30 AGAINST
Amy Koch Republican 19 AGAINST
Paul E. Koering Republican 12 FOR
Gary W. Kubly DFL 20 FOR
Keith Langseth DFL 09 FOR
Cal Larson Republican 10 FOR
Brian LeClair Republican 56 AGAINST
Warren Limmer Republican 32 AGAINST
Becky Lourey DFL 08 AGAINST
Sharon Marko DFL 57 FOR
John Marty DFL 54 AGAINST
Mike McGinn Republican 38 FOR
James P. Metzen DFL 39 FOR
Geoff Michel Republican 41 FOR
Mee Moua DFL 67 AGAINST
Steve Murphy DFL 28 FOR
Thomas M. Neuville Republican 25 AGAINST
Sean R. Nienow Republican 17 AGAINST
Gen Olson Republican 33 FOR
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 AGAINST
Sandra L. Pappas DFL 65 FOR
Pat Pariseau Republican 36 FOR
Lawrence J. Pogemiller DFL 59 FOR
Yvonne Prettner Solon DFL 07 FOR
Jane B. Ranum DFL 63 AGAINST
Mady Reiter Republican 53 AGAINST
Ann H. Rest DFL 45 FOR
Claire A. Robling Republican 35 FOR
Julie A. Rosen Republican 24 FOR
Carrie L. Ruud Republican 04 FOR
Dallas C. Sams DFL 11 FOR
Tom Saxhaug DFL 03 FOR
Linda Scheid DFL 46 FOR
David H. Senjem Republican 29 FOR
Rod Skoe DFL 02 FOR
Wesley J. Skoglund DFL 62 AGAINST
Dan Sparks DFL 27 FOR
LeRoy A. Stumpf DFL 01 AGAINST
David J. Tomassoni DFL 05 FOR
Jim Vickerman DFL 22 FOR
Betsy L. Wergin Republican 16 AGAINST
Charles W. Wiger DFL 55 FOR
Senate approval
May 9, 2006 (SF 2460)

The Senate's bill would have the state pay nearly $13 million a year. That would come from a 13 percent sports memorabilia tax, which will be passed in a separate bill. It also requires that the stadium have the name Veteran's Memorial Stadium instead of a corporate moniker. Student fees couldn't be used toward construction. The House version would have the state chip in up to $9.4 million a year. It didn't specify where that money would come from. In addition, the state would gain access to 2,840 acres of university-owned property in Dakota County that is considered an environmental gem.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Ellen R. Anderson DFL 66 FOR
Michele M. Bachmann Republican 52 AGAINST
Thomas M. Bakk DFL 06 FOR
William V. Belanger Republican 40 AGAINST
Linda Berglin DFL 61 FOR
Don Betzold DFL 51 FOR
Terri Bonoff DFL 43 FOR
Satveer Chaudhary DFL 50 FOR
Tarryl Clark DFL 15 FOR
Richard J. Cohen DFL 64 FOR
Dick Day Republican 26 AGAINST
D. Scott Dibble DFL 60 FOR
Steve Dille Republican 18 AGAINST
Michelle L. Fischbach Republican 14 AGAINST
Leo T. Foley DFL 47 FOR
Dennis R. Frederickson Republican 21 AGAINST
Chris Gerlach Republican 37 AGAINST
David Hann Republican 42 AGAINST
Linda Higgins DFL 58 FOR
John C. Hottinger DFL 23 FOR
Dean E. Johnson DFL 13 FOR
Debbie J. Johnson Republican 49 AGAINST
Michael J. Jungbauer Republican 48 AGAINST
Steve Kelley DFL 44 FOR
Bob Kierlin Republican 31 AGAINST
Sheila M. Kiscaden DFL 30 FOR
Amy Koch Republican 19 AGAINST
Paul E. Koering Republican 12 AGAINST
Gary W. Kubly DFL 20 FOR
Keith Langseth DFL 09 FOR
Cal Larson Republican 10 AGAINST
Brian LeClair Republican 56 AGAINST
Warren Limmer Republican 32 AGAINST
Becky Lourey DFL 08 AGAINST
Sharon Marko DFL 57 FOR
John Marty DFL 54 AGAINST
Mike McGinn Republican 38 AGAINST
James P. Metzen DFL 39 FOR
Geoff Michel Republican 41 AGAINST
Mee Moua DFL 67 FOR
Steve Murphy DFL 28 FOR
Thomas M. Neuville Republican 25 AGAINST
Sean R. Nienow Republican 17 AGAINST
Gen Olson Republican 33 AGAINST
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 AGAINST
Sandra L. Pappas DFL 65 FOR
Pat Pariseau Republican 36 AGAINST
Lawrence J. Pogemiller DFL 59 FOR
Yvonne Prettner Solon DFL 07 FOR
Mady Reiter Republican 53 AGAINST
Ann H. Rest DFL 45 FOR
Claire A. Robling Republican 35 AGAINST
Julie A. Rosen Republican 24 AGAINST
Carrie L. Ruud Republican 04 AGAINST
Dallas C. Sams DFL 11 FOR
Tom Saxhaug DFL 03 FOR
Linda Scheid DFL 46 FOR
David H. Senjem Republican 29 AGAINST
Rod Skoe DFL 02 FOR
Wesley J. Skoglund DFL 62 AGAINST
Dan Sparks DFL 27 FOR
LeRoy A. Stumpf DFL 01 FOR
David J. Tomassoni DFL 05 FOR
Jim Vickerman DFL 22 FOR
Betsy L. Wergin Republican 16 AGAINST
Charles W. Wiger DFL 55 FOR
Senate Taxes Committee approval
May 3, 2006 (SF 2460)

A week's worth of hearings on sports facilities came to a close when members of the Tax Committee voted to approve a measure authorizing construction of an on-campus football stadium for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. S.F. 2460, funds the stadium through a statewide wholesale tax on licensed sports memorabilia. It passed on a 7-5 roll call vote, with Sen. John Marty being the swing vote.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Thomas M. Bakk DFL 06 FOR
William V. Belanger Republican 40 AGAINST
Don Betzold DFL 51 FOR
Debbie J. Johnson Republican 49 AGAINST
Warren Limmer Republican 32 AGAINST
John Marty DFL 54 FOR
Mike McGinn Republican 38 AGAINST
Mee Moua DFL 67 FOR
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 AGAINST
Lawrence J. Pogemiller DFL 59 FOR
Rod Skoe DFL 02 FOR
David J. Tomassoni DFL 05 FOR
Senate Taxes Committee stalls Gophers stadium bill
April 28, 2006 (SF 2460)

The 6-6 tie vote prevents the Gophers stadium bill from advancing to the Senate floor, although more work is expected on it to gain approval. The vote came after Sen. Larry Pogemiller stripped the bill of a tax on sports memorabilia to pay for it. Initially, the Gophers stadium was killed on a 8-5 vote, Sen. Mee Moua and Sen. Rod Skoe changed their votes to allow the bill to remain alive.

Result: Rejected

Legislator Party District Vote
Thomas M. Bakk DFL 06 FOR
William V. Belanger Republican 40 AGAINST
Don Betzold DFL 51 FOR
Debbie J. Johnson Republican 49 AGAINST
Warren Limmer Republican 32 AGAINST
John Marty DFL 54 AGAINST
Mike McGinn Republican 38 AGAINST
Mee Moua DFL 67 FOR
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 AGAINST
Lawrence J. Pogemiller DFL 59 FOR
Rod Skoe DFL 02 FOR
David J. Tomassoni DFL 05 FOR
Senate Taxes Committee revises funding plan
April 27, 2006 (SF 2460)

The bill from Sen. Larry Pogemiller , provides for stadium construction, prohibits the sale of naming rights for the stadium, prohibits the imposition of a fee on U students to fund a portion of the stadium, creates a mitigation fund to address neighborhood concerns, exempts construction supplies from sales tax, and permits the sale of alcohol in suites and club facilities within the stadium. Pogemiller said the proposal envisions a state share of $12.9 million per year for 25 years. The most recent proposal from the University used a state share of $9.4 million annually, he said, but provided for a land transfer from the U to the state and imposed a $50 annual fee on students. A motion to approve S.F. 2460 and advance it to the full Senate failed on a divided voice vote.

Result: Rejected


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Senate Finance Committee approval
April 26, 2006 (SF 2460)

Senators passed a stadium bill without a $35-million naming rights agreement that university struck with TCF Bank, without a $50-per-year student fee and without a land deal that would have the university turn over a 2,800-acre land parcel to the state in exchange for its financial contribution. All those provisions were in a bill the state House overwhelmingly passed earlier this month. The bill now moves to the Senate Taxes Committee.

Result: Passed

House approval of U stadium bill
April 6, 2006 (HF263)

The financing plan, committing state taxpayers to half of the stadium debt, passed on a 103-to-30 vote. The proposal still needs Senate approval before a version can head to a supportive Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Jim Abeler Republican 48B FOR
Ron Abrams Republican 43B FOR
Bruce Anderson Republican 19A AGAINST
Irv Anderson DFL 03A FOR
Joe Atkins DFL 39B FOR
Michael Beard Republican 35A FOR
Connie Bernardy DFL 51B FOR
Greg Blaine Republican 12B FOR
Fran Bradley Republican 29B FOR
Laura Brod Republican 25A FOR
Mark Buesgens Republican 35B AGAINST
Lyndon Carlson DFL 45B FOR
Mike Charron Republican 56A FOR
Karen Clark DFL 61A AGAINST
Tony Cornish Republican 24B FOR
Ray Cox Republican 25B FOR
Lloyd Cybart Republican 37A FOR
Gregory M. Davids Republican 31B FOR
Jim Davnie DFL 62A FOR
Chris DeLaForest Republican 49A FOR
Matt Dean Republican 52B FOR
Randy Demmer Republican 29A FOR
Jerry Dempsey Republican 28A FOR
David Dill DFL 06A FOR
Denise Dittrich DFL 47A FOR
Dan Dorman Republican 27A FOR
John Dorn DFL 23B FOR
Rob Eastlund Republican 17A FOR
Kent Eken DFL 02A AGAINST
Keith Ellison DFL 58B AGAINST
Tom Emmer Republican 19B AGAINST
Matt Entenza DFL 64A FOR
Ron Erhardt Republican 41A FOR
Sondra Erickson Republican 16A AGAINST
Brad Finstad Republican 21B FOR
Patti Fritz DFL 26B FOR
Pat Garofalo Republican 36B FOR
Paul Gazelka Republican 12A AGAINST
Barbara Goodwin DFL 50A AGAINST
Mindy Greiling DFL 54A AGAINST
Bob Gunther Republican 24A FOR
Tom Hackbarth Republican 48A FOR
Rod Hamilton Republican 22B FOR
Rick Hansen DFL 39A FOR
Larry Haws DFL 15B AGAINST
Bud Heidgerken Republican 13A FOR
Debra Hilstrom DFL 46B FOR
Bill Hilty DFL 08A AGAINST
Mary Liz Holberg Republican 36A FOR
Joe Hoppe Republican 34B FOR
Frank Hornstein DFL 60B FOR
Melissa Hortman DFL 47B FOR
Larry Hosch DFL 14B FOR
Larry Howes Republican 04B FOR
Thomas Huntley DFL 07A FOR
Mike Jaros DFL 07B FOR
Jeff Johnson Republican 43A FOR
Ruth Johnson DFL 23A FOR
Sheldon Johnson DFL 67B AGAINST
Al Juhnke DFL 13B FOR
Phyllis Kahn DFL 59B AGAINST
Margaret Anderson Kelliher DFL 60A FOR
Karen Klinzing Republican 56B AGAINST
Jim Knoblach Republican 15A AGAINST
Lyle Koenen DFL 20B FOR
Paul Kohls Republican 34A FOR
Philip Krinkie Republican 53A AGAINST
Morrie Lanning Republican 09A FOR
Dan Larson DFL 63B FOR
Ron Latz DFL 44B FOR
Ann Lenczewski DFL 40B FOR
John Lesch DFL 66A FOR
Tina Liebling DFL 30A AGAINST
Bernard Lieder DFL 01B FOR
Leon Lillie DFL 55A FOR
Diane Loeffler DFL 59A FOR
Doug Magnus Republican 22A FOR
Tim Mahoney DFL 67A AGAINST
Carlos Mariani DFL 65B FOR
Paul Marquart DFL 09B FOR
Denny McNamara Republican 57B FOR
Doug Meslow Republican 53B FOR
Frank Moe DFL 04A FOR
Joe Mullery DFL 58A FOR
Mary Murphy DFL 06B FOR
Michael Nelson DFL 46A FOR
Peter Nelson Republican 17B FOR
Scott Newman Republican 18A FOR
Bud Nornes Republican 10A FOR
Mark Olson Republican 16B AGAINST
Mary Ellen Otremba DFL 11B AGAINST
Dennis Ozment Republican 37B FOR
Erik Paulsen Republican 42B FOR
Michael Paymar DFL 64B AGAINST
Gene Pelowski, Jr. DFL 31A FOR
Maxine Penas Republican 01A FOR
Joyce Peppin Republican 32A AGAINST
Aaron Peterson DFL 20A FOR
Neil W. Peterson Republican 41B FOR
Sandra Peterson DFL 45A FOR
Jeanne Poppe DFL 27B FOR
Duke Powell Republican 40A FOR
Tom Rukavina DFL 05A FOR
Connie Ruth Republican 26A FOR
Maria Ruud DFL 42A FOR
Brita Sailer DFL 02B AGAINST
Char Samuelson Republican 50B FOR
Bev Scalze DFL 54B FOR
Marty Seifert Republican 21A FOR
Anthony Sertich DFL 05B FOR
Dan Severson Republican 14A AGAINST
Katie Sieben DFL 57A FOR
Steve Simon DFL 44A FOR
Dean Simpson Republican 10B FOR
Nora Slawik DFL 55B FOR
Steve Smith Republican 33A FOR
Judy Soderstrom Republican 08B AGAINST
Loren Solberg DFL 03B FOR
Steve Sviggum Republican 28B FOR
Barb Sykora Republican 33B FOR
Cy Thao DFL 65A FOR
Paul Thissen DFL 63A FOR
Kathy Tingelstad Republican 49B FOR
Dean Urdahl Republican 18B FOR
Ray Vandeveer Republican 52A AGAINST
Jean Wagenius DFL 62B FOR
Neva Walker DFL 61B AGAINST
Lynn Wardlow Republican 38B FOR
Andy Welti DFL 30B FOR
Andrew Westerberg Republican 51A FOR
Torrey Westrom Republican 11A AGAINST
Tim Wilkin Republican 38A AGAINST
Kurt Zellers Republican 32B FOR

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House Ways and Means Committee approval
April 5, 2006 (HF263)

Several lawmakers are uneasy with the university's revamped plan that links a higher state contribution to the Minneapolis stadium to a Dakota County land deal. And other legislators said the entire stadium discussion rubs them the wrong way. While debating the Gopher bill, Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, said he would like to see football return to campus but he's having trouble stomaching the trio of stadium bills. The university's financing plan doesn't call for any direct tax increase, and it enjoys the widest support among legislators. The latest version of the Gopher stadium plan calls for an annual state contribution of up to $9.4 million for 25 years. That's $2 million a year higher than the previous plan sought, but it lops in half the proposed student fee and gives the state rights to 2,800 acres of university-owned land in Rosemount.

Result: Passed


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Capital Investment Committee
March 29, 2006 (HF 263)

Approved as amended by the House Capital Investment Committee and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee, HF263, sponsored by Rep. Ron Abrams (R-Minnetonka), would, in the words of its sponsor, “bring football back to the campus of the University of Minnesota.” The bill calls for the state to pay $9.4 million per year for 25 years for 2,840 acres of University of Minnesota land near Rosemount. Upon conclusion of the payments, the university would sell the land to the Department of Natural Resources for $1. The proposal adds $2 million to the initial state offer of $7.4 million per year. The money would be used by the university to help pay down its long-term debt on money borrowed to build a 50,000-seat football stadium on its Minneapolis campus.

Result: Passed

Legislator Party District Vote
Laura Brod Republican 25A FOR
Matt Dean Republican 52B FOR
Randy Demmer Republican 29A FOR
Dan Dorman Republican 27A FOR
John Dorn DFL 23B FOR
Rob Eastlund Republican 17A FOR
Pat Garofalo Republican 36B FOR
Alice Hausman DFL 66B AGAINST
Larry Howes Republican 04B FOR
Mike Jaros DFL 07B FOR
Phyllis Kahn DFL 59B AGAINST
Margaret Anderson Kelliher DFL 60A FOR
Jim Knoblach Republican 15A AGAINST
Ron Latz DFL 44B FOR
Tim Mahoney DFL 67A FOR
Denny McNamara Republican 57B FOR
Mary Murphy DFL 06B FOR
Gene Pelowski, Jr. DFL 31A FOR
Neil W. Peterson Republican 41B FOR
Steve Smith Republican 33A FOR
Loren Solberg DFL 03B FOR
Kathy Tingelstad Republican 49B FOR
Senate Higher Education Budget Division approval
March 28, 2006 (S.F. 237)

Sen. Geoff Michel (R-Edina) said the University is now a few steps closer to bringing Golden Gopher football back to campus. The refined proposal, in its third year, includes a nearly 50-50 split between the University and the state, he said. Division members adopted amendments, requested by Michel, bringing S.F. 237 into conformity with the revised proposal. The proposal includes transferring a parcel of land in Dakota County from the University to the state.

Result: No Action