Smartie at Powerliberal Has Some Good Posts on the Stadium Boondoggle
Okay, I can't find the source for this, but according to the Greet Machine blog, here were the votes:
Legislators voting NO (against a referendum):
Simpson, Brod, Davids, Dorman, Lanning, Nelson, Westerberg, Atkins, Dill, Koenen, Marquart, Rukavina, Lesch, Jaros, Sieben = 15
(Anderson would have probably voted NO but he was absent)
Legislators voting YES (in favor of a referendum):
Erhardt, Zellers, Bernardy, Krinkie, Delaforest, Knoblach, Vandeveer, Abrams, Kohls, Lenczewski, Davnie, Mullery, Howes = 13
Is anyone surprised that not a single Rep. who voted to skip the referendum actually lives in Hennepin County? If I want to add a patio to my house can I get someone in Rochester to pay for it? They can totally come visit me and sit on the patio, if they like, beer is only $7 a glass.
Smartie goes on to praise Rep. Ann Lenczewski for introducing this:
H.F. No. 2505, as introduced - 84th Legislative Session (2005-2006) Posted on May 06, 2005
1.1 A bill for an act
1.2 relating to Hennepin County; requiring an agreement
1.3 that the Minnesota Twins will be renamed the Hennepin
1.4 County Twins if specified county taxes are approved.
1.5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.6 Section 1. [AGREEMENT REQUIRED.]
1.7 Legislative approval of imposition of a local sales tax by
1.8 Hennepin County for purposes of financing the construction of a
1.9 new baseball stadium is not effective until the county has
1.10 entered into a binding agreement with the Minnesota Twins
1.11 requiring the team name to be changed to the Hennepin County
1.13 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day
1.14 following final enactment.
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