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Missouri Bill Banning Police Residency Requirements Expanded to Whole State

A bill meant to lift police residency requirements for officers in the city of St. Louis was expanded by lawmakers Tuesday night to include all Missouri municipalities, despite opposition from Kansas City.

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Small St. Louis County Departments Face Consolidation Under Proposed Law

Under a proposed new law, the smaller police departments in St. Louis County would combine with those of other cities or contract with the county police department for services.

Missouri Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Dissolve Dozens of Local Police Departments

A former police officer—now an elected official with the Missouri House of Representatives—wants to force any city with a population of 5,000 or fewer inhabitants, with an area of less than two square miles, to disband its police department and contract for law enforcement services with either the county police department or a larger neighboring city.

Missouri Bill to Up Penalties for Harming Police Dogs Fails

Missouri lawmakers voted down a bill that would have increased the penalties for killing or injuring police dogs in the state.

Death Penalty Critics Call for Freeze in Missouri

The group, called Moratorium Now!, has gathered support from roughly 300 churches, businesses and private organizations. It plans to deliver a petition pushing for the death penalty freeze to Gov.-elect Jay Nixon and legislative leaders.