(UPDATED) VIDEO: Senate OKs Vikings Stadium Bill, Kelash Votes 'Yes'

After a legislative all-nighter Wednesday, the Senate passes the reconciled Vikings stadium bill Thursday.

After a ton of twists, turns and long nights, the Senate approved the final version of the Vikings stadium bill Thursday afternoon.

All that's left now is for the bill to receive Gov. Mark Dayton's signature, which is expected to happen sometime Thursday.

All Richfield legislative representatives voted in favor of the bill.


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One final hurdle for a Vikings stadium remains: Senate passage of a reconciled bill that was approved by the House this early this morning. Richfield Reps. Paul Thissen and Linda Slocum voted in favor of the bill.

We have live coverage of that Senate debate and vote, which was expected to start around 9 a.m. However, at 10 a.m. the Senate has yet to convene.

Earlier this week, . Yesterday, it was the job of a conference committee made of members of both chambers to negotiate a workable melding of the bills that would appease the team and the legislature.

Around midnight, the committee announced it had reconciled such a bill, and the Vikings were on board.

Then, at 3:30 a.m., after a couple hours of debate, the House of Representatives passed the reconciled bill 71-60.

The Vikings new share of the $1 billion stadium is set to be $477 million, up $50 million from what the team said its cap was earlier this spring. Minneapolis will still pay $150 million, with the state's share coming in at $348 million.

According to the Star Tribune, under the bill, the state will pay its share with revenue from electronic bingo and pull tabs, but in the event those revenues fall short, a series of so-called blink-on taxes would activate, including a 10 percent admissions tax on stadium luxury seats and a sports-themed lottery game predicted to produce at least $2.1 million per year.


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