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"Home rule" headed to voters

May 10, 2001
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau
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Voters across Missouri will get the chance to shift power from the capitol to the St. Louis mayor's office. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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A constitutional amendment to give the city more control over certain government offices is on its way to a vote of the people, after the House passed the measure by a 3 to 1 margin.

But, St. Louis city Representative O.L. Shelton says he doesn't like the provision in the law that makes the circuit attorney an elected position... while other offices stay as appointed posts.

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Contents: Shelton says all the positions should be elected or all the positions should be appointed... but not some of both.

Some supporters of the proposal agree with Shelton, but they say getting this plan to voters is far better than doing nothing at all.

From the state capital, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


A plan that would increase the power of the St. Louis mayor's office is on its way to a vote of the people after it cleared the Missouri House today/Thursday. Aaron Cummins has the story--

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It's a measure aimed at streamlining government in Missouri's largest city, taking control away from the capital and giving it to St. Louis officials.

The biggest source of debate on the House floor centered on a part of the plan that would make the circuit attorney an elected position while other offices stay appointed.

St. Louis city Representative O.L. Shelton...

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Contents: Shelton says all or nothing... all elected or all appointed... but not some of both.

Voters across Missouri will decide on the plan in November 2002.

From the state capital, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Missouri voters will get to decide on "home rule" for St. Louis city after the House approved the plan today/Thursday. Aaron Cummins has more--

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The measure aims to streamline government in the city by combining various offices.

Before the vote, Representative Derio Gambaro urged lawmakers to support his plan.

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Contents: Gambaro says the House should give St. Louis the same rights every other county and city in Missouri have.

Gambaro says this plan levels the playing field for the city.

Voters will have the final say in the November 2002 election.

From Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Sponsors of a plan to shift power over government from the capital to officials in St. Louis city is on its way to a vote of the people. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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Before lawmakers cleared the plan, an amendment was added that makes the circuit attorney an elected position while other offices stay as appointed posts.

Representative Derio Gambaro sponsors the plan to streamline government in the city but he says the amendment itself isn't good.

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Contents: Gambaro says this plan is better than nothing, even though it isn't ideal.

If approved by voters in the November 2002 election, "home rule" will allow city officials to streamline government in Missouri's largest city.

From the state capital, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.