Legislation filed to prohibit sale of bonds for new Rams stadium
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Legislation filed to prohibit sale of bonds for new Rams stadium

Date: February 18, 2015
By: Matt Kalish
State Capitol Bureau

By Matt Kalish

JEFFERSON CITY - Republican Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, filed legislation Thursday to block the sale or refinancing of bonds by Gov. Jay Nixon to fund a new stadium for the St. Louis Rams.

Nixon said last week during a news conference he wasn't ruling out going around the General Assembly to build a proposed stadium north of the Edward Jones Dome.

In a statement, Silvey said the bill is not about Nixon or the Rams.

"This legislation is about establishing in law that the executive branch does not have the authority to put our state into debt without legislative or public approval," He said. "It’s critical we immediately stop what could set a very dangerous precedent in this state.”

Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, filed a resolution earlier this month which said the state would not commit to paying off any new bonds issued by Nixon.

Neither measure has had any hearings scheduled

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