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St. Louis County council votes down bills to allow council more oversight on orders issued by executive Sam Page

The county counselor's office sent out a memo minutes before saying there were issues with the legality of the bills

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The St. Louis County council voted against two bills Tuesday afternoon that would have limited the county executive's power, including recent guidelines placed on high school sports.

After a two hour reading of public comments the county council voted 4-3 against two bills that would give the council oversight on executive orders issued by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. 

But it didn't come without debate over the legality of those bills.

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"The simple fact of the matter is that we have an opinion that both bills are unenforceable as written and have legal problems with both the charter and state law," said councilman and lawyer Ernie Trakis.

Councilman Tim Fitch who sponsored the bills was quick to fire back about not getting the legal opinion of his bills from the county counselor's office until just before the meeting started. 

"I do believe that this is a strategy to delay this and I think we've heard enough from the public and they're very interested in getting this issue resolved so I think we need to take this up as quickly as possible and if you don't feel comfortable voting for it vote no," said Fitch. 

"So it appears Mr. Fitch you are not willing to compromise as your colleagues are suggesting so if that's the case we can vote this up or down is there a second," said council chairwoman Lisa Clancy.

Again both votes failed 4-3. 

The long and short of that means St. Louis County Executive Sam Page's executive order on youth sports and School guidelines still stands. 

Meanwhile, the county council did pass a resolution this afternoon, focused on schools.

It encouraged districts to reopen their schools for in-person learning.