Sent in by: Teresa Douglas, Mike Dill and Besa Schweitzer posted in Lemay Neighborhood Association.
IT'S NO JOKE! THIS IS
Last night, concerned citizens of St Louis County pleaded with the County
Council to NOT impose this monstrosity Landlord License bill upon the people.
This is a bipartisan resistance.
I have come to the conclusion that this bill will allow the County to impose
massive penalties on property owners. It sets up a process where the Director
of Public Works can pick and choose who they target and there is no appeal
process. This will allow the County to seize any property they want when these
excessive fines cannot be paid. ($1,000 and/or 1 year in jail for each day of
The agenda last night showed a vote for the original flawed Substitute #1 for
Bill 204. Three to five minutes before the meeting started, Councilman O'Mara
handed out Substitute #3 for Bill 204 for a vote in the meeting! There is no
way anyone had the opportunity to read this new bill during the meeting.
When it was time to vote for final passage of Substitute Bill #1, O'Mara
introduced Substitute Bill #3 for adoption. A verbal vote was taken and to me
it sounded like the Nay vote was the loudest, however, Council Chairman Dolan
pronounced "The Ayes have it". Councilman Erby requested a roll call
vote. Visibly irritated, Dolan took the roll call. Just as we were warned, our
own District 6 Councilman O'Leary flipped his vote to Aye.
THIS BILL WILL PASS IN TWO WEEKS, unless O'Leary decides to vote against
it!!!!! He needs to hear what the people in his district want. Please contact
his office at 314-615-0159 and tell him to Stand with the People and vote NO on
Substitute bill #3 for Bill 204.
We had a new speaker during our public forum last night. The ACLU! Mustafa
Abdullah was concerned about how this bill would affect minorities and the
poor. He also learned about how it would target groups of people with no appeal
process. He told me they normally deal with State issues, but this one is one
that they could come at from so many different angles, he is going to have to
study it to determine the best path to take.
I still need to evaluate Substitute #3 to determine what changes have been
made. This is the 5th version of this law that O'Mara has presented in the past
two years. None of the versions removed the terrible regulations the landlord
license bill imposes. I don't anticipate any significant changes.
Read all about it in the local papers.