JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri senators have embraced a proposal that would allow St. Louis to control the city police force, ending the state's Civil War-era oversight of the department.
The issue of control over the St. Louis police department has percolated for several years. Currently, the St. Louis mayor and four others appointed by the governor serve on a state board overseeing the department. The board was established in 1861.
Senators signed off on legislation Monday that would allow for local control starting in 2012.
However, senators stopped short of approving the legislation Monday. Several others steps are necessary to complete a deal over the local control measure. Lawmakers have until Friday to give the legislation final approval.
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