A measure that some had hoped could steer public dollars toward a partial renovation of Husky Stadium was passed out of committee earlier this afternoon ahead of the cutoff for fiscal bills.
But the bill was amended to exclude funding for publicly owned stadiums and arenas. Members of the House Finance Committee voted the bill out on a 6-3 party-line vote.
Substitute House Bill 2912 would give King County the authority to decide what to do with its tourism-tax revenue after Safeco Field, Qwest Field and the Kingdome are paid off.
The proposal would channel the revenue stream toward affordable housing programs, public-health services, youth sports facilities and arts and heritage programs.
Could this signal the end of yet another controversial run at the Legislature by the University of Washington for football stadium funding? It’s probably too early to tell.
UW backers in the House could still try to amend the bill to allow help for Husky Stadium. The bill now heads to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.