The Stadium Referendum: How They Voted
The latest round in the ongoing battle to ram a publicly subsidized Twins stadium into law despite widespread opposition to the concept occurred last night during a marathon session of the local government committee in the Minnesota House. The key vote of the evening was on an amendment by Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis), which would have compelled the stadium bill to be voted on by Hennepin County residents. Such a referendum is currently required under state law, but the Twins and pro-stadium commissioners on the county board say unless an exemption is granted the ballpark deal will fall apart.
By a narrow 9-10 margin, Hornstein's amendment was defeated and the ballpark bill lives on another day. Here is the way your elected representatives voted.
Yes (in favor of the Hornstein amendment and a public referendum on the stadium):
Bruce Anderson (R-Buffalo Township)
Michael Charron (R-Woodbury)
Tony Cornish (R-Good Thunder)
Mary Liz Holberg (R-Lakeville)
Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis)
Ann Lenczewski (DFL-Bloomington)
Mark Olson (R-Big Lake)
Michael Paymar (DFL-St. Paul)
Jeanne Poppe (DFL-Austin)
Voting no (against the Hornstein amendment, and thus in favor of granting a special exemption so that the stadium bill does not have to be voted on by Hennepin County residents):
Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington)
Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center)
Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Joseph)
Morrie Lanning (R-Moorhead)
Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth)
Neil Peterson (R-Bloomington)
Char Samuelson (R-New Brighton)
Bev Scalze (DFL-Little Canada)
Cy Thao (DFL-St. Paul)
Lynn Wardlow (R-Eagan)
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