State hearings Monday to address St. Louis stadium, refugee programs

Photo courtesy of the Missouri House of Representatives
Photo courtesy of the Missouri House of Representatives

Lawmakers will gather in Jefferson City today for a pair of high-profile hearings, discussing funding plans for a proposed football stadium in St. Louis and addressing the state’s role in assisting and relocating refugees.

The House Budget Committee will review a plan supported by Gov. Jay Nixon to fund the proposed riverfront football stadium by extending the debt on bonds initially used to pay for the Edward Jones Dome in the 1990s.

State and local lawmakers have voiced opposition to the stadium plan, which has the backing of both Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. A circuit judge ruled this summer that no public vote is needed to approve the stadium deal.

Also today, the House Budget and Senate Appropriations committees will convene for a rare joint hearing. There, they will review state programs that could be used to provide assistance for refugee resettlement.

In recent weeks, dozens of lawmakers have called for funding to be cut to programs assisting the relocation of Syrian refugees to Missouri.

Missourinet will provide live Webcasts of both hearings.

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