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In an 11-7 vote the Nassau Legislature approved a bill that allows the public to vote whether or not they want to borrow $400 million for a new arena and minor league baseball stadium.

The public will go to the polls August 1, a date which was the main point of controversy for the 19 member legislature. The legislatures voted along party lines with republicans voting yes and the democrats voting no. The only democrat to vote yes was David Denenberg, a democrat from Merrick.

If the referendum passes, the legislature needs to approve the bonding by a “super Majority” of 13.