Title: St. Louis Police Department Governance Modifications
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote on a motion to adopt a substitute bill text that authorizes cities that are not within counties to create and maintain their own municipal police forces, effective August 28, 2010.
-Authorizes any city not within a county to establish a municipal police force to do all of the following (Sec. A):
-Preserve the public peace, welfare, and order;
-Prevent crime and arrest suspected offenders;
-Enforce the laws of the state and ordinances of the city;
-Exercise all powers available to a police force under generally applicable state law; and
-Regulate and license all private watchmen, private detectives, and private policemen.
-Increases the membership of the boards of police that serve cities that have a population of 500,000 or more from 4 commissioners to 7 commissioners, and specifies that, beginning on January 1, 2011, the mayor of the city shall appoint 3 of the commissioners (Sec. A).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.
NOTE: THIS IS A MOTION TO ADOPT A SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT IN ITS CURRENT FORM. IF THIS MOTION PASSES, A SUBSEQUENT THIRD READING AND PASSAGE VOTE WILL STILL BE NECESSARY FOR THE LEGISLATION TO PASS THIS CHAMBER. IF THE MOTION IS DEFEATED, THE LEGISLATION WILL NOT PROCEED TO A FINAL PASSAGE VOTE IN ITS CURRENT FORM.