Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stadium Update

It's been a while since I've written about the Wizards and their stadium situation at Bannister Mall, so I figured it was time for an update. Since the approval by the Kansas City city council, the bill has moved on to the state level. At the state level, it started in the House where it spent most of the month of March. Finally on March 27th it passed the House by a vote of 82 to 70.

It then moved on to the state Senate. It only spent the first half of the month of April in the Senate, where it ended up passing 32 to 1 on April 16th. While in the Senate, though, there were changes made to the bill as a whole, which sent it back to the House. The House, though, did not concur with the changes leading to a Conference Committee with members from both the House and the Senate.

According to a poster on bigsoccer, who claims to be a lobbyist in Jefferson City, the stadium funding is not part of the problems between the House and Senate. That same poster says that the Conference Committee should be done some time this week and that the budget (which the stadium funding is part of) must be finished no later then May 9th. That means by next week, things should be clear at the state level for the funding for the stadium at the Bannister Mall site.

Hope that gives you all an idea of where the stadium situation is.

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