Lawmakers face deadline on soccer stadium, casino, Sunday sales bills

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 23, 2015) - With deadlines looming, state lawmakers will discuss several key issues Tuesday after working late into the evening on Monday.

Among the issues still to decide- a bill that would let the Indy Eleven capture some of its own tax revenue to pay for a new $82 million dollar soccer stadium.

Still some lawmakers are skeptical- one plans to file an amendment requiring approval from the city-county council and another wants the team to guarantee half the debt on the project.

“So if the system fails and fans don’t come, we won’t have an empty stadium and we have to pay it all,” said the amendment’s author, state Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis.

Tuesday is the last day for House lawmakers to make changes to the bill. The full House is also scheduled to hear amendments on the casino bill after Speaker Brian Bosma took that legislation off the calendar on Monday.

He told reporters he thought the bill “needed some work” and that he was speaking with the bill’s author about possible changes.

Sunday alcohol sales will also be on the agenda Tuesday for a final vote in the House, and many are expecting it to be very close.

“I think it’s got a good chance but it’s going to be close,” said state Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland.

The bill’s author passed on a chance to have that vote taken Monday. The House has until Wednesday to make their final votes before sending legislation to the Senate.

House lawmakers did vote Monday on a controversial bill that would eliminate the state's common wage law for public construction projects.

Supporters say it will save taxpayers money, but opponents said it could lead to a worker shortage.

The bill now goes to the Senate, after passing 55-41 with a number of Republicans voting against it.

Senate lawmakers were also busy Monday, rejecting a series of amendments on the controversial bill calling for religious freedom restoration.

The Senate also passed a bill regulating strippers, to prevent sex trafficking.

Both House and Senate lawmakers will be back in session Tuesday morning.