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:
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.
As lawmakers circle around a possible compromise on the local control legislation in the Missouri Capitol today, St. Louis' Mayor Francis Slay shared some of his thoughts on the possible ramifications.