the Whole of the City Council, which is comprised of all 13 Council members,
will be voting on May 24 on the stadium. According to a staff person in Council
President Johnson's office, there will not be another hearing on it. I asked
her to convey the message that if this issue was important enough to hold a
public hearing on when people did not know for certain what would be in the
final bill, maybe it's even more important to hold such a hearing now that
people do know what's in the bill that has been passed by the Legislature.
But with the likelihood of no more hearings, please contact everyone you know
and encouragae them to submit emails to their Council members, or the seven in
the majority on the April 24 vote, or to all 13 Council members.
Some of us are collecting substantive questions on the bill -- what the various
provisons mean and what the implications are -- and will be submitting them to
the Council with a request that they be asked of the appropriate staff,
proponents of the bill, the Mayor, or whomever.
So if anyone wants to post such non-rhetorical-type questions here, we would be
glad to submit them. We already have a Council member willing to consider
asking "thoughtful questions" on our behalf. Or maybe by posting them here,
other Council members could see them too and may also be so inclined.
Not only substantive questions on the bill itself would be welcome. Process
questions also need to be answered. For example, who was it on behalf of the
City that Sen. Julie Nelson was referring to when she said on the Senate floor
that "the City of Minneapolis felt very strongly" that the Charter-override
provision limiting it to Target Center expenditures had to be changed back to
the original language, which had no such limitation?
Please post your questions on the bill you'd like to have answered. You can
find the bill that was passed and signed into law by the Governor, HF2958,