TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE WIN POLITICAL RIGHTS!!!
Missouri has passed an important bill that will give Kansas City Police a greater opportunity to participate in local Democracy.
To wit . . .
THEY'RE CALLING IT "THE POLITICAL RIGHTS BILL" AND TODAY IT PASSED WITH A BIT OF QUIET CELEBRATION ON BACKGROUND AND AMONG KANSAS CITY POLICE OFFICERS!!!
EXCLUSIVE TO TKC . . . Here's the message on blast that's making it's rounds among local police:
"The political rights bill has passed and awaiting the Governor's signature, congrats Lodge #99." - FOP President Dumit"
Call this a MAJOR win for Kansas City Northland MO State Sen. Ryan Silvey . . .
And yes, KCPD participation in local politics seems like something that would be beneficial at the very least . . . Just to offset other powerful local unions attempting to speak for the Dept.
Here's the text of the legislation:
Current Bill Summary
SB 216 - Under this act, political subdivisions cannot prohibit first responders from engaging in political activity while off duty and not in uniform or being a candidate for or holding a public office unless the activity or candidacy is otherwise prohibited by law.
This act repeals provisions of law which currently prohibit any employee or officer of the Kansas City Police Department from belonging to a political party committee, being a ward committeeman or committeewoman, or making contributions of any kind for political activity. Also repealed is a provision that prohibits any person from soliciting a police employee, officer, or a member of the police board for any political purpose.
Current law prohibits a Kansas City officer or employee from soliciting any person to vote for or against a candidate for public office, "poll precincts", or be connected with similar political work for a political organization, party, or candidate. Under this act, those activities are only prohibited while the officer or employee is on duty or in uniform . . .
Congratulations to KCPD Officers . . . Welcoming people to MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS to our Kansas City Democracy isn't just the right thing to do . . . But also something that will benefit the local electorate overall.