St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
announced his new legislative agenda recently on -- where else? -- his blog
The tech-savvy mayor's wish list includes many of his perennial goals: additional charter schools
, more local control of the police department
and the retention of state tax credits
Slay also introduces a few new items, such as soliciting governor-elect Jay Nixon to create more inner-city jobs
and asking for additional funding to help convicted felons re-enter society
as productive citizens.
Curiously, the mayor also wants "support for daily newspapers"
-- an agenda item that seems to contradict his routine barbs (here
) aimed at St. Louis' only daily paper
Most troubling, though, is what Slay's '09 legislative agenda lacks. Namely, where is his initiative to ban public smoking
Missouri is one of just sixteen states
that doesn't have any kind of state-wide ban on public smoking.
I realize Slay may not have the pull in rural Missouri to initiate a state-wide ban, but it's high time he pushes for such an ordinance here in
St. Louis. If that means working with state legislators, so be it.
alternative would be for Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley
to work together to push simultaneously for laws prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants in the city and the county.
States with no state-wide ban on public smoking appear in gray.
-- Chad Garrison