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Mayor Defends Reallocating Police Funds | Missouri's Puppy Mills

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said the proposed reallocation of funds for the city's police department is "fundamentally about policing and how we can do better after years of status quo."

Mayor Quinton Lucas addresses criticism of the city's plan to make $42 million of the department's budget available through contracts, and Missouri ranks as the worst state in the country for puppy mill conditions.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:08: A Jackson County judge postponed a hearing in the lawsuit the Board of Police Commissioners has brought against the city to regain control of the money.

The ordinances passed by the city council would create a Community Services and a Prevention Fund which the city and police board can manage as well as add $3 million for a police recruit class. Mayor Lucas said the measures are to ensure transparency and that police department programs Kansas Citians care about continue to be funded.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:55: For the ninth year in a row, the state of Missouri is home to the worst puppy mills in America.

That is according to a report from the Humane Society of the United States. A Missouri ballot initiative in 2010 was approved to put restrictions on puppy mills and their practices. In spite of this, the Missouri legislature overturned several of the measures in a separate bill passed during the following legislative session.

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