The Missouri Senate’s Democratic and Republican leaders have concerns about the idea of statewide vote on a plan to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County.
Nonprofit Better Together, a group funded mostly by wealthy political donor Rex Sinquefield, is scheduled to release a plan on the merger this month. The group wants a statewide vote on the merger in 2020.
Both Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, expressed concern about anyone outside of St. Louis or St. Louis County having a vote on the matter.
“The people it affects should be the ones that vote on it,” Walsh said.
Schatz said his constituents have “communicated … very clearly that they believe that’s an issue that belongs to the citizens that it’s going to affect.”
Neither has proposed a legislative solution yet.
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