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Senate moves to require approval of Olympic spending

Backers of Boston's Olympic bid have promised that the state will not have to spend any money to build venues or run the 2024 Summer Games. But if the state does end up seeking money for the bid, it would have to be approved by the Legislature after a public hearing, under a budget measure approved by the state Senate Wednesday.

Sponsors of the amendment pitched it as a measure to promote openness and transparency on one of the thorniest questions facing the troubled bid -- the possible use of taxpayer dollars.

"If one dime is going to be spent, it will be done here in the Legislature, in the appropriate manner," Senator Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat and board member of Boston 2024, told her colleagues on the Senate floor.