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Originally published Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

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Wash. House approves stadium tax distribution

The state House has approved a measure dividing up the taxes used to build pro baseball and football stadiums in Seattle. But the University of Washington's Husky Stadium project wouldn't get a dime.

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The state House has approved a measure dividing up the taxes used to build pro baseball and football stadiums in Seattle. But the University of Washington's Husky Stadium project wouldn't get a dime.

The House sent the bill over to state senators on a 53-45 vote Tuesday morning.

If it becomes law, the bill would allow tourism-related taxes in King County to be spent on housing, human services, public health, arts, amateur sports and other projects, after the stadium debt is paid off.

The bill also explicitly bans any of the money being spent on a university sports stadium. And it allows two stadium sales-tax credits to expire, giving the money back to the state general fund.

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