Allison Blood (@AllisonBlood)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Infighting at the St. Louis County Council causes more delays on the diversity bills that would require more minority participation in county contracts.

The council failed to act on the bill Tuesday night, so it’s been dropped from the agenda.

At the meeting, dozens spoke, saying they especially wanted the provision requiring 10 percent of workers to live in the County, because they say too many contracts are going to companies in Jefferson and Franklin Counties.

Many were outraged that the council failed to act on the bill, including a group of mayors from North County, representing areas like Cool Valley and Bellnor.

“We have a bus, and we don’t mindwe’ll bring that bus out here every Tuesday until we get that diversity bill passed,” one said.

The bill can be brought up again, but it has to go through the process from the beginning, and that means it could be weeks before it could be passed.

Sponsor Hazel Erby says it would have passed by now if it wasn’t an election year.

“I think the attempt is to go past Election Day,” she said. “That’s my honest opinion.”

Other council members are supporting a different set of diversity bills that have more requirements for apprenticeship programs.

Those could be passed next week, but the County Executive says he would veto them because they’re too restrictive.

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