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Buffer zone bill in St. Louis City fails

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen rejected a bill that would create a buffer zone around health care facilities, including Planned Parenthood.

Board Bill 34 failed by a vote of 9-15 on April 16, the last day of the aldermanic session.

The full board voted 15-13 to perfect the bill, but for the final vote, several aldermen who previously supported it changed their votes from "yes" to "no" — including Brandon Bosley (Ward 3), Terry Kennedy (Ward 18), Sam Moore (Ward 4) and Lisa Middlebrook (Ward 2).

City Board of Aldermen one step closer to passing buffer zone bill

After a hotly contested debate, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen moved forward on a bill that would create a buffer zone around health care facilities, including Planned Parenthood.

The full board on Feb. 23 voted 15-13 to perfect Board Bill 34, which would create a fixed, eight-foot buffer zone around a health care facility's driveway entrance, or within a public right-of-way or sidewalk. The bill also says that no one may "knowingly enter, remain on, or create an obstruction" in those areas.

The board is expected to have a final vote on March 2.

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