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Associated Press, Published March 16 2012

Zellers calls deadline least of Vikings stadium bill snags

ST. PAUL, Minn. — House Speaker Kurt Zellers says blowing past a Friday legislative deadline should not be the main concern for supporters of the Vikings stadium bill.

Zellers says Friday he's much more concerned that the gambling revenue the bill identifies to pay the state share of a $975 million stadium could fall short and that the Minnesota treasury would be left on the hook.

Friday is a key legislative deadline where all bills must pass through at least one House or Senate committee in order to keep moving. The Vikings bill has yet to clear that hurdle, and no hearings are scheduled for Friday.

Zellers says the Senate majority leader's willingness to waive the deadline is enough to keep the bill alive further into the session.

Zellers says he has not yet read the entire stadium bill but does not believe it's acceptable in its current form.

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