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State Supreme Court rules to get rid of city employee residency requirements

Date: November 13, 2012
By: Taylor Beck
State Capitol Bureau

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State Supreme Court rules state has power over municipalities on residency requirements
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Wrap: The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a state law Tuesday giving the state power over the city of St. Louis in residency requirements for firefighters.

Residency requirements are rules about where city workers must live.

The court ruled that because regulating residency requirements is not fixing the powers, the legislature can create laws on them.

Missouri Municipal League Deputy Director Richard Sheets says the league is very disappointed. 

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Description: "We really believe that local, I mean personnel rules for city officials should be left up to the locally elected officials- it's a real local control issue."

Sheets says St. Louis and Kansas City are the only cities affected right now because they have disaccredited schools.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Taylor Beck.

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The Missouri Municipal League is disappointed in Missouri supreme court's ruling over residency requirements of city employees.
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Wrap: The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a state law Tuesday giving the state power over the city of St. Louis in residency requirements for firefighters.

The court ruled that because regulating residency requirements is not fixing the powers, the legislature can create laws on them.  

Missouri Municipal League Deputy Director Richard Sheets says the league is disappointed in the decision.

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Description: "In my estimation it was a legislative manuever to do that"

Sheets says he believes St. Louis and Kansas City are the only two immediately affected by the ruling, but that can change.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Taylor Beck.

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Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City not worried about state's Supreme Court ruling over residency requirements
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Wrap: The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a state law Tuesday giving the state power over the city of St. Louis in residency requirements for firefighters.

The court ruled that because regulating residency requirements is not fixing the powers, the legislature can create laws on them.

Mid-America Regional Council Director of Government Innovations Dean Katerndahl says he doesn't see this having a big impact on the Kansas City area.

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Description: "The residency requirements by and large were put in decades ago."

Katerndahl adds because Kansas City residency requirements cover a large area of suburban and urban housing, he doesn't see a big change coming.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Taylor Beck.


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