Updated with quotes from sponsor Phyllis Young.
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted today to reduce its numbers by more than half, but city voters will have the final say.
Today's vote passed 21-7 - an expected result, as it cleared a procedural hurdle June 29 with 19 votes.
Congressman Lacy Clay is asking fellow St. Louis Democrat Russ Carnahan to knock it off with claims that he was in cahoots with Republicans to consolidate St. Louis's two congressional districts
Both Clay and Carnahan are vying for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District.
The issue has become a bit of a he-said-he-said between the former congressional allies, and Clay says he's just trying to get the facts straight.
A measure to cut the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in half moved a step closer to reality at City Hall today.
The bill cleared a procedural hurdle with more than enough votes to eventually approve the legislation.
South city alderman Steve Conway supports the cut. He says he understands that some of his colleagues prefer smaller wards because it's easier to provide hands-on service.
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