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Aldermen Hold Second Round of Charter Reform Hearings


By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – The litany of criticism of charter reform continued at City Hall Tuesday.

A committee of aldermen held its second round of hearings examining four proposed amendments to the city's main government document that will be on the November ballot.

They heard from several elected officials whose positions could become appointed by the mayor under one of the proposals.

License Collector Greg Daly said the charter reform group Advance St. Louis, now Empower St. Louis, did not take enough input from public officials when it drafted the charter proposals.

"I thought that as an elected official, as someone who has experience here in city government, that I had something to lend to the discussion, and certainly lend to the process, and it just never happened," Daly said.

Advance St. Louis is now Empower St. Louis. President Marit Clark said officials' input was welcome, but they could not be included in the group's stakeholders assembly.

"If you let one in, where do you stop?" Clark said. "And the whole thing would have been elected officials if we'd let it. So that was just a rule we had to come up with, that no elected officials would be on the stakeholder assembly." But allowing them to become stakeholders in the organization was not feasible.


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