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COMMITTEE PASSES WA GOVERNOR'S STADIUM PLAN, HOUSE NEXT
Published April 1, 1997
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).