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1. General election for city officers.

SECTION 1. A general election of all elective officers required by this Charter or by any ordinance of this city shall be held on the first Tuesday in April, 1877, and every four years thereafter, except as otherwise provided in this Charter and the Scheme.

*All the original charter sections except Section 1 of Article II have been superseded by laws passed by the General Assembly, Laws, 1899, pp. 179–197.

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2. Council composed of


members, qualifications, etc. 3. Terms of members of first Coun

cil; tie vote ; one-half of Coun

cil to be elected biennially. 4. House of Delegates elected every

two years. 5. Qualifications of members of

House of Delegates. 6. Additional qualifications for

members of Assembly; oath of

members, etc. 7. Vacancies in Assembly, how

filled. 8. Each House to appoint its own

officers and be judge of the election, etc., of its own members ; tie vote; may punish for contempt; president of Council elected every four years; speaker of

House; quorum ; sessions; adjournments, etc. 9. Journal of proceedings. 10. Members of Assembly ineligible

for office during terms. 11. One annual session.

19. Form of amendments. 20. Motion to reconsider, etc. 21. Ordinances to take effect ten

days after approval, except in

cases of emergency. 22. Bills to be signed in open ses

sion; to be read at length ;

objections, how disposed of. 23. Bills approved to be returned

by Mayor within ten days. 24. Mayor may object to items of.

appropriation and approve por

tions of bill. 25. Veto of ordinances by Mayor.




12. Style of ordinances. 13. Origin, amendment and passage

of bills; report on public improvement bills required with

in limited time. 14. Compensation of members of As

sembly. 15. Engrossment of bills. 16. Vote of majority of members

elect necessary to pass bill.

26. Legislative powers vested in

Mayor and Assembly. First-To assess, levy and collect taxes; borrow and appropriate money. Second-To establish, improve,

light, sprinkle, etc., streets ; condemn property; repairs of streets, bridges, etc.; watercourses, water works; Police and Fire Departments. Third · Municipal buildings ; market places, and authority to improve or sell parks, etc. Fourth--To improve harbor ;

regulate ferries; create port wardens; regulate mooring of vessels; lease portions of wharf, etc.



Fifth-To license, tax, and reg-
ulate various kinds of busi-
ness, etc.; fix rates for car-
riage, drayage, etc., and regu-
late width of tires; to sup-
press certain occupations and
Sixth-To establish quarantine ;

regulate quarrying, slaughter-
ing of animals, and abate
nuisances ; summary power of
Seventh-To establish standard
for weights and measures ; in-
spection of lumber, etc., and
various articles of food and
manufacture, etc.
Eighth-To regulate and pro-
vide for elections ; fix jury
fees, salaries, etc.
Ninth-To prevent riots ; to

regulate or prohibit animals running at large ; obstructions on streets, etc. Tenth-To impose and collect fines, etc.;

commitments to Workhouse. Eleventh-To protect rights of city in corporations ; grant, regulate or repeal railway franchises ; free passes

on street railways prohibited.

SECTION 1. The Municipal Assembly.—The legislative power of the City of St. Louis shall be vested in a Council and a House of Delegates, to be styled the “Municipal Assembly of the City of St. Louis."



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*SEC. 2. The Council.-The Council shall consist of thirteen members, one of whom shall be its president, who shall be chosen on a general ticket by the qualified voters of the city, for four years, subject to the exception stated in the next section. Every member of the Council shall be a qualified


Twelfth-To examine premises ;
regulate storage of gunpowder,
etc., prohibit wooden buildings,
and enforce precautions
against fire; inspection of
buildings, etc.
Thirteenth-To provide for in-
sane persons

and paupers ;
assessments, etc., of state rev-
Fourteenth-General authority
to pass

and enforce ordinances ; provide for census. 27. To guard against fires in public

halls, etc.
28. Numbering, printing, etc.,

of ordinances ; repeal of same. 29. Revision of general ordinances. 30. Assembly forbidden to remit

taxes or compromise claims. 31. Power to compel attendance of

witnesses, etc., and administer

oaths. 32. Power to distribute duties of

officers and abrogate offices. 33. Appropriations for charitable

purposes. 34. Stone quarries, soap factories,

etc., forbidden within 300 feet of dwellings, except by con

sent. 35. Restrictions as to cholera, small

pox patients.


*The provision originally contained in Section 2, requiring members of the Council to be free-holders of property, was repealed by Section 5259 of the Revised Statutes, 1899, and is omitted,


voter, at least thirty years of age, and shall have been a citizen of this State five years, and an inhabitant of the city for one year next before the day of his election.

SEC. 3. Terms of Councilmen First Elected-Elections.-Of the members of the Council first elected, the president and the six receiving the highest number of votes shall hold their office for four years, and the other six for only two years. In case of a tie the senior in age shall hold for four years. At each general election thereafter for members of the House of Delegates, members of the Council shall be elected to succeed those whose terms will then have expired.

Sec. 4. House of Delegates-Election.—The House of Delegates shall consist of one member from each ward, to be chosen every two years by the qualified voters of the several wards.

Sec. 5. Qualification of Delegates.-Every member of the House of Delegates shail, before the day of election, have attained the age of at least twenty-five years, have been a citizen of the United States and an inhabitant of the city three years, and of the ward which he may be chosen to represent, one year, and shall have paid city and State taxes for at least two years next before the day of election.

SEC. 6. Additional Qualifications.-In addition to qualifications in the preceding sections, every member of the Municipal Assembly shall possess the following: He shall not be directly or indirectly interested in any contract with the city, or any department or institution thereof, and shall not be indebted to the State or city on account of any tax. He shall not have been convicted of malfeasance in office, bribery or other corrupt practices or crimes. Before any member of the Council or House of Delegates shall take his seat or perform the duties of his office, he shall take and subscribe an oath before the Register, (who shall file the same in his office,) that he possesses all the qualifications required in this and the preceding sections, and is not subiect to any of the disqualifications therein named, and that he will support the Constitution of the United States and of this State, and faithfully discharge the duties of his office. Any member, who shall at any time


during his term cease to possess any of the qualifications mentioned in this and the preceding sections, shall thereby forfeit his office, and the same shall be filled as provided for in cases of other vacancies.

SEC. 7. Vacancies in Assembly-How Filled.-Whenever a vacancy occurs, from any cause, in the office of any member of the Assembly, the Mayor, upon information thereof, shall, by proclamation, order an election to fill such vacancy for the unexpired term thereof, if the same exceed three months, to be held upon some day named in such order, not less than twenty nor more than thirty days next after the issuing of the proclamation.

SEC. 8. Officers — Prerogatives of Assembly - Sessions-Quorum-Adjournment.-Each house shall appoint its own officers, except the president of the Council, and shall be sole judge of the qualifications, election and returns of its own members; and in case of a tie vote shall certify the same to the Mayor, who shall order new election; may determine the rules of its own proceedings, except as herein provided; may arrest and punish by fine, not exceeding three hundred dollars, or imprisonment, as provided by ordinance, not exceeding ten days, or both, any person not a member, who shall be guilty of disrespect to the house by any disorderly or contemptuous behavior in its presence during its sessions ; may punish its members for disorderly conduct, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of all members-elect, may expel a member; but no member shall be expelled a second time for the same cause. The presiding member of the Council shall be designated as “president,” and shall be elected as such by the qualified voters, by general ticket every four years. The presiding officer of the House of Delegates shall be designated as "speaker," and be elected by the members thereof. A majority of the whole number of members of each house shall constitute a quorum to do business: but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may compel the attendance of absent members in such a manner and under such penalties as each house may provide. The sessions of each house shall be held with open doors. Neither house shall, without consent of the

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