City Council meeting will address cyclist harassment amendment

Friday, October 16, 2009 | 2:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —  An amendment that would add pedestrians and wheelchair users to an ordinance that protects bicyclists from harassment will be up for a vote by the Columbia City Council on Monday.

The council in June passed the original ordinance, which makes harassment of a bicyclist a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or a year in jail.

This ordinance caused controversy within the community and on the council. Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade said after the fact that the council approved the ordinance too quickly and proposed suspending the ordinance for six months. The council in August rejected that proposal on a 4-2 vote.

Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala issued a statement Aug. 3 saying the ordinance should be amended to include pedestrians and people in wheelchairs. The council on Aug. 17, however, opted to table that proposed amendment for two months.  It will be discussed again on Monday night.

The amendment is the first item under old business on the agenda for the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the fourth floor of the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

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steven reed October 17, 2009 | 10:21 a.m.

Springfield (Mo) At the October 12, 2009 City Council meeting the city ignored public comments about whether the City may not be adhering to State Statutes and that they are using Home Rule to make up ballot language saying a ballot tax issues will not end until 100 % of the Police and Fire Pension fund is paid.

Steven Reed was told to stop when he brought up Case No. 09-5926 in the Supreme Court concerning the 1st Amendment and the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution and violations of State and Federal Law by the City of Springfield over write in candidates and now the ballot language of a November 3, 2009 election.


Steven Reed says he finds it disturbing that the City of Springfield even left his name off the official city record as speaking and it is a “COVER UP”. Also upsetting is all the local media has been given paperwork and copies of cases sent to the US Supreme Court on the case that is pending. Reed says: “the media appears to be looking the other way.”

Home Rule for cities started in Missouri and spread to Texas and then nationwide. Reed says: “allowing cities to violate state or federal statutes and laws by making their own election laws or ordinances not in line with their state or the federal government is a power grab.” Reed also says: that can lead us down a slippery slope of cities pushing the envelope and making their own laws until they are reigned in and that is why this case is ripe for the Supreme Court since Home Rule cities across the nation can be effected by this issue, it is sort of like federal supremacy in reverse and could make a mockery of state legislatures and the US congress.
Please Forward this e-mail to as many people as you can, also the media and blogs! Please call and leave a message for William K. Suter Clerk of the Supreme Court and Mr. Baker 202-479-3011

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