The chief House sponsor of a bill for a new Twins stadium said Thursday that this
year's ballpark fight is not over.
Rep. Harry Mares, R-White Bear Lake, is considering making a motion on the House floor
to pull the proposal out of a committee that has dealt the bill a defeat. House Speaker
Steve Sviggum, who earlier declared the bill dead, said he won't stand in Mares' way.
``I'm not saying when,'' Mares said. ``When the moment comes, which will be down the
pike a bit, we will consider bringing it back.''
The bill calls for a $300 million ballpark, with the Twins footing almost all of the
cost through private donations and repayment of a state loan. The proposal is alive in the
Senate, but was effectively defeated in a House committee.
Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said it would take ``a pretty unusual intervention of power'' to
revive the bill on the House floor, but he said he wouldn't prevent Mares from making such
``I would not be opposed to a vote on the House floor. ... Everybody should stand up
and be counted,'' Sviggum said. He quickly followed those remarks with a word of caution,
``I don't know how you would do that without usurping the process.''
Dave St. Peter, a Twins vice president, said the team is holding out hope that the bill
will see more action.
``We haven't officially given up,'' he said. ``As long as they're still in session
something can happen.''