Capitol Press Conference Today Announces Broad, Bipartisan Support for the Local Control Initiative
Eighty-seven members of the General Assembly publicly endorse Proposition A
Jefferson City, Missouri (September 12, 2012) – Today, legislators from across Missouri announce their endorsement of Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative. This statewide, bipartisan support is the focal point of a press conference to be held at 11:30 a.m. this morning in House Hearing Room 7 at the Missouri State Capitol building.
Senator Joe Keaveny (D – District 4), Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D – District 60), and Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller (R – District 139) will speak at this morning’s conference.
“The tremendous support for local control shows what a common-sense, good-government initiative this is,” said Brooke Foster, spokesperson for Proposition A. “We are honored to have so many endorsements from members of the General Assembly, who understand that this issue is good for the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri.”
About Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative
Proposition A, often referred to as the “Local Control Initiative,” would return the control of the St. Louis police department to the people and the City of St. Louis. This common-sense initiative would increase the efficiency and accountability of the St. Louis police department, while saving state and local taxpayers at least $4 million every year. On a nonbinding referendum in November 2010, nearly 70 percent of St. Louis voters voted YES on local control. Leaders statewide support Prop A, a good-government measure that explicitly protects the St. Louis police department’s pensions, health-insurance benefits, and collective-bargaining rights. St. Louis is one of only two cities in the entire nation that does not control its own police department. If passed on November 6, 2012, Prop A will finally change this outdated law.