ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota House has turned back an $800 million construction projects bill that failed to win a needed super-majority.
The bill is a rare area where Republican votes held veto power. Because it involves long-term state debt, it required 81 votes to pass. It got 76 votes on Friday when three Republicans joined all Democrats in supporting.
Democratic Rep. Alice Hausman, the bill's sponsor, says with time running short on session there may not be another attempt. But nothing is every truly out of play until the final gavel falls on Monday.
The state Capitol renovation project was the largest in the bill, consuming $109 million. Those overseeing the building work say the money is needed this year to avoid costly delays.
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