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Judge: St. Louis residents don't need vote on stadium bonds

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s task force has released a new round of stadium and property renderings by HOK in St. Louis on March 2, 2015. The new renderings reflect input received over the past seven weeks from the NFL and St. Louis Rams, as well as stakeholders in the project including Ameren, the Terminal Railroad Association, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others. The task force is developing plans for an open-air NFL stadium project on the North Riverfront of downtown St. Louis that could be the new home for the Rams, as well as related enhancements to the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center convention facility. Rendering by HOK/UPI

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s task force has released a new round of stadium and property renderings by HOK in St. Louis on March 2, 2015. The new renderings reflect input received over the past seven weeks from the NFL and St. Louis Rams, as well as stakeholders in the project including Ameren, the Terminal Railroad Association, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others. The task force is developing plans for an open-air NFL stadium project on the North Riverfront of downtown St. Louis that could be the new home for the Rams, as well as related enhancements to the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center convention facility. Rendering by HOK/UPI

ST. LOUIS -- The effort to build a new football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use bond proceeds for the project.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley's ruling voided a city ordinance requiring voter approval for any project using tax dollars for a professional sports facility along the Mississippi River. He called the 2002 law's language confusing and vague.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay says the city is reviewing the ruling.

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The St. Louis Rams play in the Edward Jones Dome, which is outdated by NFL standards. The team is weighing a move to Los Angeles.

The new stadium would cost nearly $1 billion.