St. LOUIS, Mo. (AP/KMOX) – A new issue has surfaced in the battle over who should control the St. Louis Police Department.

It appears the American Civil Liberties Union has a problem with the language of a proposed ballot measure that would end state control of the department.  The ACLU says the language is inadequate because fails to mention that the measure could exempt St. Louis police from certain open records requirements.

Meantime a group called A Safer Missouri is working to get the question police department control on a statewide ballot. The group says in court documents that the language is fair, sufficient and won’t mislead or deceive voters.

Summaries for ballot initiatives are prepared by the secretary of state’s office.

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