that would turn oversight of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to city officials cleared a contentious committee meeting yesterday in the Missouri House.
The legislation still has another committee hearing before it's introduced to the House floor. Meanwhile, a similar bill
in the Senate gets its first hearing today.
Louis Public Radio reports
that chairman Theodore Hoskins (D - Berkeley)
pushed the house bill through the Special Standing Committee on Urban
Issues despite strong objections by the St. Louis Police Association
that fears city officials would raid the police pension. "This was clearly pushed through by
the chairman...I don't think he allowed ample time for both sides...it's
infuriating...there's no reassurance for the police officers right now,
the way this bill is written," Joe Steiger of the St. Louis Police
Officer's Association told St. Louis Public Radio.
sponsor, Jamilah Nasheed (D - St. Louis) says the bill would not impact
One down, one to go.