ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An ethics bill passed the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, but not without a lot of debate.
“We had a very long debate about something that seemed pretty obvious to a lot people,” says Alderman Antonio French. “If we’re going to require other elected officials to have financial disclosures, we should also do it ourselves.”
At the last-minute the board attached an amendment to the ethics bill requiring the board to file financial disclosures along with other city-wide elected officials.
Alderman Tom Villa urged his fellow alderman to do the right thing, he says.
“If they’re riding their white horses instead of driving automobiles down this morning, I think it would be hypocritical of the board to pass a bill they weren’t included in,” Villa says.
Alderman Steve Conway says he is happy the amendment was added at the last-minute because it makes everyone reveal any potential conflicts of interest.
“[It] forces the alderman to be cognizant of their associations outside in the business world and to make sure they never do cross that line,” Conway says.
Final passage of the plan won’t come until September, because the board has left city hall for summer break.