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A vote on the City of Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance will take place two weeks sooner than had been previously announced.

During public testimony on the bill this week, Mayor Bob Stephens said a vote by the council would take place Oct. 27. The city now says that vote will take place at its Oct. 13 meeting.

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Mayor Bob Stephens thanked citizens for their civility during a congested public comment period as the Springfield City Council on Monday night considered bills adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

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A bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the City of Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance goes before City Council on Monday.

The scheduled first reading of the bill comes more than two years after council tabled the controversial item and later formed the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force. After months of review, the task force released its recommendations in November 2013.  

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The Springfield Fire Department will be able to accept a FEMA grant for safety equipment.  Springfield City Council unanimously approved a bill Monday, agreeing to pay a ten percent match.  The city’s share will be $$63,948 with federal funds totaling $575,538.

The money will be used to pay for 90 SCBA’s (self-contained breathing apparatus), which are needed when firefighters must enter smoke-filled buildings or when responding to chemical spills.

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Springfield City Council could decide tonight a bill that would provide money for safety equipment for the city’s firefighters.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.  According to Springfield’s assistant fire chief, Dave Pennington, it’s a yearly grant application that allows fire departments to apply funds for tools and equipment for fire safety.

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Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens is defending the city’s recent marijuana lawsuit settlement. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the remarks were part of the Mayor’s annual State of the City Address which highlighted various initiatives.

Speaking to roughly 300 people Thursday morning, Stephens said the certified petition brought before the City Council in 2012 was flawed, saying he and most council members had a “real problem with passing an ordinance that we knew was in violation of state law.”

Will Missouri’s next legislative session produce a solution to the state’s meth problem? That’s the hope of some members of the Springfield City Council, which on Monday voted 5-4 to postpone a prescription only bill concerning cold and sinus medicines that contain pseudoephedrine. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Saying a prescription on medicines containing pseudoephedrine would play a significant burden on law-abiding Springfield citizens, Councilman Doug Burlison Thursday introduced a new amendment to the bill that would put the measure to a vote of the people. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.