LOCAL CONTROL BALLOT LANGUAGE UPHELD;
PROPOSITION A RECEIVES MAJOR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION
St. Louis, Missouri (August 21, 2012) — Today marked two key milestones for Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative. The Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District affirmed the fairness and sufficiency of Proposition A’s ballot language, thereby upholding an earlier decision by the Cole County Circuit Court and clearing the way for the initiative to appear on the November ballot. In addition to this judicial victory, the Local Control campaign received $600,000 from retired businessman and noted philanthropist Rex Sinquefield.
“We have a lot to celebrate today,” said Nancy Rice, spokesperson for Proposition A. “The decision by the court, coupled with the contribution from Mr. Sinquefield, gives us the opportunity to talk to Missouri’s voters about this common-sense public safety issue.”
Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative, would eliminate the Civil War-era law that gives the state control of the St. Louis police department. Local control would increase the efficiency and accountability of the department, and save taxpayers $4.5 million per year.
“Local Control has broad support from a growing list of elected leaders, including Mayor Francis Slay, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, and Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid,” said Rice. “We also are supported by the St. Louis Police Officers Association, and civic and business leaders statewide. We look forward to bringing the issue to voters on November 6th.”