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St. Louis City blocks vote for Lambert Power Change

April 9, 2002
By: Rebecca Gannon
State Capital Bureau

Extended debate by St. Louis City legislators stalled a Senate vote on control of Lambert Field.

Rebecca Gannon has more in Jefferson City.

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St. Louis City senators blocked a Tuesday afternoon vote that would merge the control of Lambert Field with neighboring counties.

Senator Gross of St. Charles County wants the surrounding region of St. Louis to have a voice in Lambert Field's board.

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OutCue: "... have no representation."
Contents: Others in the area have no representation in the board.

Senator Gross proposed legislation that merges members of St. Louis City and County, with members of St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin counties into one board for the airport.

His bill ran into opposition from St. Louis City senators Tuesday afternoon.

In Jefferson City, Rebecca Gannon.


St. Louis City successfully blocked a vote that would give control of Lambert away to the surrounding region.

Rebecca Gannon has more in Jefferson City.

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Senator Gross of St. Charles County wants St. Louis City to share and share alike.

He tried to get a Senate vote that empowers the St. Louis region with control of Lambert Field Tuesday afternoon.

He wasn't successful. Extended debate stalled the vote.

His legislation strips St. Louis City of its control of Lambert and shares it with surrounding counties.

St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Louis Counties, along with St. Louis City, would all have Lambert board representation based on population under Gross's proposal.

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OutCue: ".. people currently in the bill."
Contents: 1 representative for every 130, 000 residents. STL Co capped at 5 reps.

By those guidelines, both St. Charles County and St. Louis City would receive 2 board members. Jefferson County would have 1 representative, and as of now, Franklin County has none.

Rebecca Gannon, Jefferson City.


St. Louis City senators filibustered Tuesday afternoon, successfully blocking a senate vote to change the authority of Lambert Field.

Rebecca Gannon has the story in Jefferson City.

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Senator Coleman's extended debate managed to keep the Senate vote off the floor for another day.

She wants St. Louis City to keep control of Lambert Airport. As she sees it, things have been working well for years, and there's no need to change.

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Senator Coleman also says the concerns Lambert has dealt with involved all of Missouri, not just St. Louis City.

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Contents: They address concerns of all residents.

The proposal by Senator Gross of St. Charles County would give power to not only St. Louis City and County, but also St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin counties.

In Jefferson City, Rebecca Gannon.