- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new St. Louis judge will hear the lawsuit against the city regarding a public vote on funding for a football stadium.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1H0KTNF) reports St. Louis Circuit Court’s presiding judge, Bryan Hettenback, reassigned the case to Judge Joan Moriarty after Judge David Dowd removed himself from the matter.

Hettenback says Dowd is under a doctor’s order and “is simply unable to handle the case in a timely way.”

The public board that runs the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams play argued in the lawsuit that a 2002 ordinance requiring a public vote before tax dollars are used on a new stadium is “overly broad, vague and ambiguous.”

The board wants the court to rule that law doesn’t apply, conflicts with Missouri statutes or is unconstitutional.

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