The 2017-2018 Board of Aldermen legislative session came to an end on Monday. This past session, there were familiar faces returning to the Board and new ones elected.
This session, the Board of Aldermen welcomed three new alderwomen, Alderwoman Heather Navarro (D), 28th ward; Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook (D), 2nd ward and Alderwoman Annie Rice (I) 8th Ward. These officials were elected following the 2017 Mayoral election, which left vacancies at the Board.
The Board of Aldermen annually passes hundreds of bills into law. This past session, there were 271 bills introduced. The bills ranged in topics from street closures to multi-million dollar projects and public improvements to progressive changes.
Of the 271 bills, the Board of Aldermen passed several pieces of notable legislation including an ordinance that establishes a bike share program in the City of St. Louis. It also passed a resolution committing the City to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
On Sine Die, the last day of session, two bills were finally passed into law that have been issues at the Board of Aldermen for many years. The first bill, Board Bill 270 C.S., establishes a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program for the City, a first for the City of St. Louis. The historic legislation increases percentage goals for minority, women, and city residents in development projects across the City.
The second bill was Board Bill 233, which adds subpoena power to the Civilian Oversight Board. A recommendation from Forward through Ferguson, the Board of Aldermen was successful in their efforts this session to include subpoena power to the Civilian Oversight Board.
“This session, the Board explored a variety of issues and had in-depth and meaningful discussions. There is a different culture at the Board of Aldermen from when I first joined. People are more willing to listen and work together to unite our City now more than ever before,” said Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed.
The 2018-2019 Board of Aldermen session begins on Tuesday, April 17.
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