Top bills fail in Parson’s special crime session

Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s proposal to give the Missouri attorney general the power to intervene in St. Louis homicide cases has failed.

The GOP-led state House finished work Wednesday without taking action on the bill.

Parson had asked lawmakers to pass the bill midway through a special legislative session focused on violent crime.

The proposal was widely seen as a criticism of St. Louis’ first Black prosecutor, Kim Gardner, who is a Democrat.

The measure passed the Senate after a faction of Republicans forced a vote on it. But it didn’t gain traction in the House.

Missouri prosecutors opposed the measure, arguing it would undermine local control.

By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press

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