Updated: 09/10/2013 11:36 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls
A group of lawmakers appointed to watch over taxpayers' investment of $498 million into the new Vikings Stadium has not met in four months.
The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities is made up of 12 state lawmakers from the House and Senate and evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans. Leaders of the House and Senate picked the Commission members and gave them the task of watching over how the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority spends public money on the new Vikings Stadium.
State Representative, Joe Atkins, (DFL) Inver Grove Heights, is a little frustrated the Commission has not met in four months. Rep. Atkins wanted to introduce legislation that would have postponed the sale of bonds needed to pay for the new stadium until after an investigation into the finances of Vikings' owner, Zigi Wilf is completed and a civil lawsuit against the Wilfs in New Jersey was over.
But, the Tuesday meeting of the Commission was abruptly canceled and no vote on the resolution was taken. Rep. Atkins tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he "has no idea why the meeting was canceled, but I hope it was not connected to the resolution."
Commission Co-Chair, State Senator, Julie Rosen, (R) Fairmont, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the meeting was put off until the Sports Facilities Authority finishes its inquiry into the Wilf's finances. Senator Rosen says "there is no point in having a meeting until we have something to review."
Senator Rosen also told us there will likely be a meeting of the Legislative Commission sometime next week when the "Authority will have finished its inquiry and will have something to present to us." Senator Rosen denied the cancelation of the meeting was connected to Rep. Atkins' proposed resolution.