Legislating St. Louis: A Current Events Conversation About the City Board of Aldermen and the County Council
Date(s) - February 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen and the St. Louis County Council have legislative oversight of the roughly 1.2 million lives in the core of our metropolitan region. Always a difficult process, legislating local laws has recently seemed more fraught than usual. The County Council is embroiled in a stand-off over leadership selection. The City BOA is reopening a variety of questions thought to be settled, including the idea of halving the number of Aldermen.
All of this is happening in the face of a looming redistricting process that follows the census count every decade, as well as fundamental changes in how the City elects its leaders. This forum will bring together legal and journalistic expertise, along with the perspective of citizen leaders from the City and County, to discuss the current situation and what we should expect in terms of governance in the near future.
- Rachel Lippmann, News Producer for St. Louis Public Radio covering (among other things) both the County Council and Board of Aldermen; former statehouse reporter for both Michigan & Illinois Public Radio
- LaShana Lewis, CEO & Founder of Lewis Consulting, former Director of the St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective, President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Entrepreneur and Citizen Activist
- Mike Jones, Principal at Jones Strategic Advisors, former Senior Policy Advisor to the County Executive (Dooley), and former Chief of Staff to St. Louis City Mayor (Harmon), as well as member of the Missouri State Board of Education and Editorial Board Member of the St. Louis American.
- Tim O’Connell, Associate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, former Chief of Staff to the Mayor of St. Louis, former Legal Counsel to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, and former Copy Editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Washington Post.
This event is free to attend, but advance registration is required.