At the earlier meeting, Council members Tim Fitch, R-3rd District; Mark Harder, R-7th District; Ernie Trakas, R-6th District; Chairwoman Rita Heard Days, D-1st District, and Shalonda Webb, D-4th District, voted to rescind the public health order; on Tuesday, most of them spoke against Clancy’s proposed ordinance.
Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway, D-2nd District, appeared to be the only council member who joined with Clancy in voting for the measure.
Clancy’s request for a roll call vote so that the public would know how their representatives voted was rejected by Days, the council chair.
Clancy’s bill was meant to reinstate the mask mandate while the Page administration fights in court to reinstate its public health order.
The Page administration contends the legislative body didn’t have the authority on July 27 under state law to strike down the mandate because the order was not directed at businesses. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, citing the council’s action, filed suit to block the order, and a judge issued an order blocking it until a hearing on Aug. 17. Schmitt, a Republican, is also suing to block a similar mask mandate in Kansas City. A mask order issued July 26 by the city of St. Louis remains in effect.
Page, in an address to the council Tuesday, said opponents were putting their individual preference over the community.
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