State Rep Bill Reiboldt Encourages YES Support for Prop A

State Rep Bill Reiboldt Encourages YES Support for Prop A

Many of you are probably not aware that the Missouri state government controls both the St. Louis and Kansas City police departments under a law that dates back to the Civil War.

City officials from St. Louis are seeking to have control of their police department. Proposition A, commonly referred to as the “Local Control Initiative” will appear on the November ballot, and Missouri voters will be asked to restore the control of the St. Louis Police Department to the people of St. Louis.

In 1861, the control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was taken from the city and given to a special commission made up of political appointees who were chosen by Missouri’s governor. This was a Civil War law that was intended to keep firepower out of the hands of a pro-Union city in a largely pro-Confederate state. Today, the outdated law still remains in place, even though now it clearly makes no sense. The reason this initiative requires a statewide vote is because it is a state law and for it to be changed requires a vote of all the people.

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Kansas City Star Endorses Proposition A, Recommends a YES Vote

Kansas City Star Endorses Proposition A, Recommends a YES Vote

The battle to return local control of the Police Department to the people of Kansas City could take a big step forward next month.

That’s when voters across Missouri will decide the fate of Proposition A — which would end the state’s grip on the St. Louis police force, which dates all the way back to the Civil War.

The Star recommends a “yes” vote on Nov. 6.

If the proposition passes, Kansas City would become the only city in the nation without direct control of its police. All other departments in Missouri — and all of those around the rest of the nation — would operate in a way that makes them far more accountable to local residents.

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City of Fulton Issues Resolution Endorsing Proposition A

City of Fulton Issues Resolution Endorsing Proposition A

Civic Group “Saint Louis is a World Class City” Encourages a YES Vote on Prop A!

Civic Group “Saint Louis is a World Class City” Encourages a YES Vote on Prop A!

Dear STL-World Class City Dwellers:

We have long believed that Saint Louis is a World Class City. Our magnificent cultural resources, our top-notch universities, and our beautiful parks make Saint Louis what it is today: a thriving community that we are proud to call home.

Because we love Saint Louis,  we are realistic about the issues that hold us back. One such issue is the fact that Saint Louis City does not control its own police department.  In fact, our city is only one of two cities …

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Committee for County Progress Endorses Prop A

Committee for County Progress Endorses Prop A

Statement from Mary Jane Judy, President, Committee for County Progress

“This week, the Committee for County Progress (CCP), Jackson County’s largest Democratic political organization, endorsed Proposition A. Prop A, also known as the Local Control Initiative, will appear on the November 6 ballot.

“Proposition A allows the City of St. Louis to regain local control of its police department. In 2010, on a nonbinding referendum, nearly 70% of St. Louis voters voted in favor of local control.

“The CCP understands the importance of local control. Through the …

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Capitol Press Conference Today Announces Broad, Bipartisan Support for the Local Control Initiative

Capitol Press Conference Today Announces Broad, Bipartisan Support for the Local Control Initiative

Eighty-seven members of the General Assembly publicly endorse Proposition A… 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.

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Kansas City Mayor James Endorses Proposition A

Kansas City Mayor James Endorses Proposition A

MAJOR MILESTONES FOR PROP A CAMPAIGN

MAJOR MILESTONES FOR PROP A CAMPAIGN

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…

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KMOX Discusses Local Control

KMOX Discusses Local Control

Listen here KMOX News Radio John Hancock and Mike Kelley get the latest on local police control from Brooke Foster who is the spokesperson for the local control campaign.

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164,315 Signatures Submitted to Secretary of State

164,315 Signatures Submitted to Secretary of State

The Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition submitted more than 164,000 voter signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State. These signatures show voters’ support of placing the “A Safer Missouri Initiative” (also known as the “Local Control Initiative”) on the 2012 ballot.

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