Missouri Senate panel OKs limit to Rams stadium bonds

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri Republican’s effort to limit Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s authority to use bonds to fund a new football stadium in St. Louis is moving forward.

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a measure to stop the state from extending or issuing new bonds without Legislature or voter approval.

Sen. Ryan Silvey, of Kansas City, says the governor should not be able to put the state into debt on his own.

Members of Nixon’s administration have said he has the authority to extend payments on the existing Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis to pay for a new dome with hopes of enticing the Rams to stay or attracting a new team.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is working to build a new Los Angeles stadium.