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COMMITTEE PASSES WA GOVERNOR'S STADIUM PLAN, HOUSE NEXT

          A "key" WA State Senate committee passed WA Gov. Gary
     Locke's "embattled" plan to build a new Seahawks stadium,
     and Locke said he has "finally clinched" the votes he needs
     to move the bill out of the Senate and to the House,
     according to Zimmerman & Penhale of the SEATTLE POST-
     INTELLIGENCER.  Locke "said he has the 25 votes he needs to
     get the bill out of the full Senate tomorrow," but the plan
     to build a $425M open-air stadium and exhibition hall "still
     would face a battery of new conditions in the House." 
     Zimmerman & Penhale call the vote by the Senate Ways and
     Means Committee "the first tangible step forward in the
     battle to keep" the team in Seattle for prospective buyer
     Paul Allen (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/1).
          LARGE TAB:  Allen has spent "about" $750,000 on "grass
     roots lobbying" to help persuade lawmakers to put the tax-
     funded stadium plan on the June ballot.  The money was spent
     on consultants, polling and TV commercials, including a new
     round of ads that launch this week.  Allen's Football
     Northwest had spent $519,990 by the end of last month, which
     does not include an additional $240,000 spent on the new
     ads.  The group is also spending "at least" $17,000 a month
     on a group of "veteran lobbyists" (SEATTLE TIMES, 3/28).
          
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