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Missouri lawmaker wants departing owners to pay stadium debt

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Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - In the wake of the Rams' departure from St. Louis, a Missouri lawmaker wants sports team owners who take away their teams in the future to be responsible for debt left behind.

KMOX Radio reports that state Rep. Anne Zerr, a St. Charles Republican, has introduced a bill making pro sports team owners responsible for making sure publicly funded stadiums are paid off before they're free to leave.

Zerr notes that the state still owes up to $12 million annually in bond payments for the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis through 2021. The dome was built entirely with taxpayer money, opening in 1995.

NFL owners on Tuesday approved the Rams' move to Los Angeles, starting next season.

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