St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has begun the often slow process of considering a near total ban on smoking in the city's public places.
Under legislation introduced Friday by Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, smoking would be outlawed in almost all public places, including bars, restaurants and casinos. Only certain tobacco stores, private clubs that have no staff and are not being used for a public event, and some hotel rooms would be exempt.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis public school students could be wearing uniforms to class under a policy introduced Thursday night by district superintendent Kelvin Adams.
District policy does not allow the appointed board to order all students to wear uniforms, so the proposed new uniform policy requires two-thirds of parents in the district to approve any changes. Adams expects parents to be supportive once they understand his rationale.
Jefferson City, MO – In a surprising reversal, the Missouri House has defeated a bill that would have used $336 million in federal stimulus dollars to pay for numerous projects, just one day after giving the measure first-round approval.
It originally contained projects of statewide interest, but numerous regional projects were added on, prompting 32 Republicans to join 50 Democrats in voting "no." House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says there's a chance the bill could be brought back for another vote.
President Obama marked his 100th day in office by visiting the St. Louis suburb of Arnold. The president took questions at a town-hall meeting and laid out his vision for economic recovery.
Obama tempered his remarks by reiterating that the challenges confronting his administration have been unprecedented and there is still a long way to go. But, given the stakes that the country is facing the president said there is reason to be optimistic.