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A legislator’s reassessment: Maybe a stadium bill won’t be introduced this month

Last month’s tearing of the Metrodome roof and the dumping of snow onto Mall of America Field brought lots of swift calls for a new Vikings stadium, which were promptly answered by a vow from state Sen.

Last month’s tearing of the Metrodome roof and the dumping of snow onto Mall of America Field brought lots of swift calls for a new Vikings stadium, which were promptly answered by a vow from state Sen. Julie Rosen that a stadium bill would be offered in the Legislature by late January.

But now Rosen, a Republican from Fairmont, tells the Strib’s Mike Kaszuba that it might take a little longer.

Her earlier timeline was “maybe a little optimistic,” she said, because the session just began and she’s on six committees, too.

A stadium bill might be tricky for Republican lawmakers, now in the majority, Kaszuba notes, with the $6.2 billion deficit and all. And the team still hasn’t hooked up with a local partner to help finance the stadium — like the Twins did with Hennepin County to raise taxes for Target Field.

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But she’s still on the case, Rosen said, because even with so much going on, “the Vikings will always [be] a priority for myself, and many people.”