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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Prop A is on the ballot

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  • Heading into the fall election season voters will be asked to choose from what may seem like a long list of candidates, ballot initiatives and propositions. Over the next few weeks the Daily News will shine a light on many of these measures with the aim of providing information to the local populace.
    Proposition A calls for full local control of the St. Louis police department. Currently, the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners maintains control of the Metropolitan Police Department. This practice began in 1861 and is noted as the beginning of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD). The five member board includes the St. Louis mayor along with four members who are appointed by the Governor.
    Proponents of Prop A argue that the measure will save taxpayer dollars and increase the efficiency and accountability of the SLMPD. A 2010 referendum on the measure received 70% support from St. Louis voters. Northwest Missouri field operative Chasen Bullock notes "anytime you can make government more efficient and accountable, you have to do it."
    Thus far, opposition to the measure seems to be limited. For more information on this ballot initiative go to www.safermissouri.com. What follows is the exact language that will appear on the November ballot.
    Official Ballot Title
    Proposition A
    [Proposed by Initiative Petition]
    Official Ballot Title:
    Shall Missouri law be amended to:
    • Allow any city not within a county (the City of St. Louis) the option of transferring certain obligations and control of the city's police force from the board of police commissioners currently appointed by the governor to the city and establishing a municipal police force;
    • Establish certain procedures and requirements for governing such a municipal police force including residency, rank, salary, benefits, insurance, and pension; and
    • Prohibit retaliation against any employee of such municipal police force who reports conduct believed to be illegal to a superior, government agency, or the press?
    State governmental entities estimated savings will eventually be up to $500,000 annually. Local governmental entities estimated annual potential savings of $3.5 million; however, consolidation decisions with an unknown outcome may result in the savings being more or less than estimated.
    Fair Ballot Language:
    A "yes" vote will amend Missouri law to allow any city not within a county (the City of St. Louis) the option of establishing a municipal police force by transferring certain obligations and control of the city's police force from the board of police commissioners currently appointed by the governor to the city. This amendment also establishes certain procedures and requirements for governing such a municipal police force including residency, rank, salary, benefits, insurance, and pension. The amendment further prohibits retaliation against any employee of such municipal police force who reports conduct believed to be illegal to a superior, government agency, or the press.
    Page 2 of 2 - A "no" vote will not change the current Missouri law regarding St. Louis City's police force.
    If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.
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