. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers are suing to challenge the authority of Gov. Jay Nixon and officials who oversee the current St. Louis Rams stadium over plans for a new one.
A group of six lawmakers filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cole County claiming Nixon is misusing taxpayer funds and violating state statutes as he pushes to replace the aging dome.
The hope is to keep the Rams in St. Louis or attract another team if owner Stan Kroenke moves the franchise to Los Angeles.
The lawsuit says the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority lacks authority to pay for plans or extend bond payments for a new stadium.
Nixon’s administration has said he can extend payments on the existing Edward Jones Dome without legislative approval, which some lawmakers dispute.