JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have voted against giving St. Louis officials control of the city's police department.
Wednesday's vote was 86-63.
The St. Louis Police Department is governed by a board made up of the mayor and four members appointed by the governor.
St. Louis officials and politicians have urged Missouri lawmakers to give them full control of the police department, but the city's police officers say continued state control is better.
Supporters argued that the city is hurt by not having control of the department's budget or administration. The bill's opponents called the legislation a power grab.
Similar legislation in the Senate has been approved by committee.
St. Louis police bill is HB1601
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