A Missouri House committee has voted in favor of legislation to give St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.
Those arguing in favor of local control say it's past time for St. Louis to regain authority over its police force.
Three Democratic members of the Missouri House will chair committees next year, despite the increase in power by the Republican Party in that chamber. Incoming House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) told reporters at a press conference today that he picked the best qualified lawmakers to head the committees, regardless of party.
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