Lawmakers sue Nixon, sports authority over St. Louis stadium spending

A rendering shows a view of the proposed St. Louis football stadium looking north from the stadium's interior. | Courtesy of HOK
Six Missouri lawmakers have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Nixon and the RSA, alleging that Nixon and the RSA have overstepped bounds on spending for the proposed riverfront stadium. | Courtesy of HOK

Six Missouri lawmakers have filed a suit to block Gov. Jay Nixon and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Authority from spending money designated for the Edward Jones Dome on a proposed new football stadium in St. Louis.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the Circuit Court of Cole County, alleges that Nixon and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Authority (RSA) have overstepped the RSA’s bounds by extending its bonding debt with expenditures related to the proposed $1 billion riverfront stadium. State appropriations to the RSA are limited to “debt service and maintenance” for the Edward Jones dome, the suit alleges.

Plaintiffs in the case include state Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Reps. Tracy McCreery, D-St. Louis County, and Republicans Jay Barnes, Jefferson City; Rob Vescovo, Arnold; and Mark Parkinson, St. Charles.

Read more from the Jefferson City News Tribune and the St. Louis Business Journal


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