St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Old Laws
12:03 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Distributing Condoms In St. Louis - Illegal Since 1934

(via Flickr/robertelyov)

Here's something you probably don't know about the city of St. Louis - it's illegal to distribute or sell condoms unless you're a doctor or a pharmacist.

A law passed in 1934 says so.

But Alderman Shane Cohn says it's time for the city code to reflect reality. He introduced a measure today that reads, in its entirety:

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Economy
5:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

St. Louis Aldermen Push City-County Economic Partnership Bill Forward

St. Louis City Hall.
Richie Diesterheft | Flickr

A new economic development agreement between St. Louis City and County is a step closer to reality.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen moved a bill forward Thursday that would create a long-talked about partnership.

The bill’s sponsor, Alderman Fred Wessels of the 13th Ward, says it will create entity to serve businesses that want to move into the region.

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Missouri History Museum
5:47 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

St. Louis Board Of Aldermen Joins Investigation Of Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The St. Louis Board of Alderman is weighing into the ongoing debate over alleged misuse of taxpayer funds at the Missouri History Museum.

The BOA hopes to use its bully pulpit as leverage to improve transparency at the museum.

Members of the History Museum’s Board of Trustees, as well as its subdistrict commissioners were brought in to testify before the Board of Aldermen on issues ranging from, questionable land purchases, to compensation for former museum president Bob Archibald, to its use of taxpayer funds.

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Board of Aldermen
4:55 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Ins And Outs Of A Hectic Day At City Hall

The Board of Aldermen chambers.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen met today for the last time ahead of the mayoral and aldermanic elections in March and April. Here's what came out (and didn't) of a hectic day at City Hall:

Foreclosure mediation

Aldermen sent Mayor Francis Slay a measure that would require lenders to offer homeowners foreclosure mediation. The homeowners do not have to accept, and there's no requirement to reach an agreement.

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Business
5:26 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

'Arch Tax' Approved By St. Louis Board Of Aldermen

Credit AP

A tax to generate funds to improve the Gateway Arch, as well regional parks and trails took a step forward in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday.

The so-called “Arch Tax” creates a 3/16th cent sales tax.  If approved by voters in St. Louis City and County the tax would raise $120 million for the Arch grounds.

It would also raise about $600 million for city and county parks as well as the Great Rivers Greenway park and trail district.

The bill passed overwhelmingly with 24 in favor, 3 against and 1 “present” vote.

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Arch tax
5:31 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

CityArchRiver Tax Clears First Of Many Hurdles

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated to correct Alex Ihnen quote.

Despite concerns about the oversight of funds, a committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved on Thursday a sales tax meant to help pay for upgrades of the Arch grounds.

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Pensions
4:26 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Tweaks To New Pensions For City Firefighters Get First-Round Approval

Mayor Francis Slay is proposing major changes to the firefighter's pension system that could reduce benefits for new hires.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is a step closer to addressing some legal concerns with its new pension system for firefighters.

The measure cleared a procedural hurdle today, 18-10. A final vote will take place next week, likely with a similar result.

Judge Robert Dierker issued a preliminary ruling in October that the city was in rights to terminate the old pension system for firefighters and start a new one. But Dierker had some concerns about the way the new system treated vested employees.

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Tom Bauer
1:19 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Former Alderman Bauer Loses Defamation Appeal

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

Nearly seven years later, the battle over the recall of former St. Louis alderman Tom Bauer is a step closer to final.

The Missouri Court of Appeals today threw out a $150,000 defamation verdict for fliers published against Bauer during his recall election in 2005.

Bauer was thrown out of office in September of that year, in part because of his support for a QuikTrip that would have required the use of eminent domain. The 24th Ward is south of Forest Park and includes Dogtown.

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Kacie Starr Triplett
4:27 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Triplett Exits Board Of Aldermen To Praise From Colleagues

Ald. Kacie Starr Triplett (in blue) listens as her colleagues praise her service to the Board of Aldermen. Triplett is stepping down to take a job with Behavioral Health Network.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Just three weeks after welcoming a new member to its ranks, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gathered to say goodbye to another one.

Kacie Starr Triplett, the 6th Ward alderwoman, is stepping down to  take a position with the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis, where she'll coordinate a new initiative looking at gaps for services for the homeless and mentally ill in the region.

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Proposition R
6:04 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Proposition R Asks St. Louisans: 'Do You Want To Cut The Number Of Aldermen?'

On Nov. 6, voters in St. Louis will decide whether to reduce the number of aldermen in the city from 28 to 14.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city.  

Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.

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