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House panel OKs cutting $12M for St. Louis football stadium

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A panel of House members has approved cutting a $12 million payment for the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

The House committee on Monday chopped next fiscal year’s annual payment, which helps pay off the football stadium.

Gov. Jay Nixon last year proposed extending payments to build a new stadium. The goal was to keep the Rams in St. Louis, but the team is moving to California.

Lawmakers criticized the proposal to take on debt without legislative or voter approval. The move to cut the $12 million payment is part of a feud between Nixon and lawmakers over stadium plans.

A Nixon spokeswoman says the governor is confident lawmakers will make next year’s payment.

The recommended spending cut needs additional House approval before it can head to the Senate.