SB 643 Allows the City of St. Louis to control its police force without state intervention
Sponsor: Keaveny
LR Number: 3356S.08C Fiscal Note: 3356-08N.ORG
Committee: General Laws
Last Action: 5/14/2010 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 643-Keaveny, with SCS, SS for SCS, SA 1 & SA 1 to SA 1 (pending) Journal Page:
Title: SCS SB 643 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2010

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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 643 - As of August 28, 2010, the City of St. Louis may establish a municipal police force. The police force shall provide for the employment of all current officers and employees at their current salaries. Such persons shall also be entitled to all accrued benefits, including vacation time, sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, and pensions. All former employees shall maintain their accrued benefits.

The city shall recognize the designated exclusive bargaining representative of the uniformed members of the municipal police force to the rank of sergeant and shall, to the extent permitted by federal and state law, engage in negotiations with said representative over terms, conditions and benefits of employment in a good faith effort to enter into a binding contract covering such terms, conditions and benefits.

The city shall recognize any residency regulations for officers adopted by the current board of police commissioners. The current state statutes concerning the St. Louis police department shall expire upon the effective date of this act.

Any current police pension system created under Chapter 86 for the benefit of the St. Louis police department shall continued to be governed by Chapter 86 and shall apply to the police force established under this act.

This act modifies the definition of "earnable income" and "police officer" for purposes of the St. Louis police retirement system to remove references to Section 84.160 which will expire upon passage of this act. "Earnable compensation" shall include any compensation for academic work and shift differential that may be provided by any official or board that manages the police force. It also removes the president of the board of police commissioners from the retirement system board.

This act is similar to SB 486 (2007), SB 785 (2008), HB 552 (2009), and HB 1601 (2010).