local control

End of session
7:00 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Local control, Aerotropolis fail in final legislative hours

Missouri House members toss copies of bills in the air the moment the gavel came down on the 2011 legislative session. The final day paper toss is a tradition in the Missouri House.
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications)

Legislation that would have returned oversight of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back to City Hall has failed in Jefferson City.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, May 13, 2011

Today is the last day of the 2011 legislative session. Lawmakers still haven't reached agreements on a number of bills.

So-called "Late-Term" Abortion Ban Goes to Governor Nixon

The bill passed Thursday by the Missouri House would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is not viable, or that it constitutes a medical threat to the mother.  The bill's supporters call abortions performed on viable fetuses barbaric. 

Democrat Tishaura Jones of St. Louis opposed the bill, saying she's pro-life for herself but pro-choice for everyone else:

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 12, 2011

Missouri conservation officials say another mountain lion is roaming northeast Missouri.

Another Mountain Lion Roaming Northwest Mo.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says a landowner in Macon County took pictures of large tracks in a muddy creek bed on April 20. The conservation department confirmed that the tracks belonged to a mountain lion.

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MO Statehouse
10:48 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Still no deals on tax credits, local control

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Some minor progress, but no breakthrough yet in efforts to pass both the St. Louis Police local control and tax credit legislation.

The Missouri Senate this evening confirmed Governor Jay Nixon’s appointment to the state-run board that oversees the St. Louis Police Department.  Tom Irwin’s appointment is seen as a precursor to implementing local control.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The local control issues has been delayed again in the Missouri Senate.

Local Control Hits Another Roadblock

Just when it appeared the local control issue was moving forward in the Missouri Senate, the bill has been delayed again.  This time, some Senate Republicans are holding off on advancing the bill in order to force the House to pass the Senate’s tax credit overhaul measure. 

While no one’s openly saying that the local control bill is being held up, Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer indicates they’re willing to delay bills from the House if their leaders continue to sit on Senate bills.

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St. Louis Police Department
4:48 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

St. Louis Police Board reaches agreement with Police Officers' Association

Police commissioner Richard Gray listens as St. Louis mayor Francis Slay speaks in support of a collective bargaining agreement for the city police department. The contract passed on Tuesday.
(Rachel Lippmann/ St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners has reached a collective bargaining agreement with the St. Louis Police Officers' Association.

It's a three-year deal that locks in salaries, benefits and department operating procedures. Mayor Francis Slay called the hard work it took to reach the deal worth it.

"I think it gives us a good opportunity to have a stronger partnership and to work together more closely for a better department and one that helps us address crime and other issues in the city of St. Louis," he said.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Missouri Senate Monday night stopped just short of approving legislation to restore local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Missouri Senate Stops Short of Approving Local Control of St. Louis Police Dept.

Missouri senators have embraced a proposal that would allow St. Louis to control the city police force, ending the state's Civil War-era oversight of the department.

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Local Control
2:11 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. Senate stops short of approving local control legislation

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri Senate last night stopped just short of approving legislation to restore local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Some amendments were added to the local control bill.  They include giving two-thirds of the slots on the police pension board to retired officers and those associated with the police retirement system.  GOP Senator Kevin Engler of Farmington says they held off on first-round approval last night in order to give both sides time to review the changes:

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sTL police local control
6:20 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

STL Police local control legislation still awaits Mo. Senate action

Two bills continue to sit in the Missouri Senate that would restore local control over the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, despite last week’s announced agreement between Mayor Francis Slay (D) and the Police Officers Association.

The compromise would give police officers collective bargaining rights, preserve police pensions, and preserve officers’ ranks, salaries and benefits once they become city employees.  There would also be a no-strike clause.

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Local control
4:33 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Isom expects "limited change" if department returns to local control

City Hall as seen from the headquarters of the St. Louis Police Department.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says not much would change if oversight of the department returns to City Hall for the first time in 150 years.

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