Mayor Defends Reallocating Police Funds | Missouri's Puppy Mills
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.