The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would return control of the Metropolitan Police Department to the city of St. Louis.
The department has been under state control since the Civil War.
Republican and Democratic House members gathered today to unveil several proposals they say will improve K-12 education in Missouri.
The idea getting the most attention is school choice - allowing students from failing school districts to transfer to better-performing schools statewide.
A Missouri House committee has voted in favor of legislation to give St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.
Those arguing in favor of local control say it's past time for St. Louis to regain authority over its police force.
Three Democratic members of the Missouri House will chair committees next year, despite the increase in power by the Republican Party in that chamber. Incoming House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) told reporters at a press conference today that he picked the best qualified lawmakers to head the committees, regardless of party.
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