Public Hearing on Board Bill 207 by Alderwoman Megan E. Green (15th Ward), Alderman Samuel L. Moore (4th Ward), Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia (6th Ward), Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward), Alderman Shane Cohn (25th Ward), Alderman Chris Carter (27th Ward)
Board Bill 207 would require voter approval on City financial assistance from for construction of a new stadium. The Ballot question would be:
Shall the City of St. Louis be authorized to enter into an agreement with the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority for the purpose of providing financial assistance in connection with the construction and/or operation of a new sports and entertainment facility to be located within the City of St. Louis?
In 2002, St. Louis City Voters collected initiative petition signatures to place on the ballot the issue of requiring public votes on public funding of future stadiums. On November 2, 2002, City Voters approved the ordinance a vote of 55% to 45%.
In 2004, St. Louis County Voters passed a similar ordinance by a vote of 72% to 28%.
On August 3, 2015, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley struck down the City’s stadium public vote ordinance. For those new to St. Louis City, our Circuit Court Judges are appointed by the Governor, not elected.
The City of St. Louis had defended the ordinance in the Circuit Court but has not appealed Judge Frawley’s decision.
Members of the BOA Convention & Tourism Committee include: Alderman Joe Vollmer (10th Ward), Alderman Jack Coatar (7th Ward), Alderman Shane Cohn (25th Ward), Alderwoman Marlene Davis (19th Ward), Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard (5th Ward), Alderwoman Lyda Krewson (28th Ward), Alderman Scott Ogilvie (24th Ward), and Alderwoman Sharon Tyus (1st Ward). Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.