Missouri court strikes down St. Louis firefighter law - KMOV.com

Missouri court strikes down St. Louis firefighter law

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A state judge has struck down a law allowing St. Louis firefighters to live outside the city limits.

In his decision, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem said the Missouri Constitution protects a city's authority to make residency decisions for its employees.

St. Louis has long had residency requirements for most of its employees.

The Missouri Legislature passed a bill last year to give firefighters the right to live outside the city -- as long as they were within an hour of their fire station. The city challenged the law as a violation of its authority. The city said only local voters could change residency requirements by amending the city charter.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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