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A bill, sponsored by Springfield City Councilman Justin Burnett, would change the city’s indecent exposure ordinance. It will go before council for a first reading tonight, and citizens will have the chance to comment on it. In response to the “Free the Nipple” rallies recently on Park Central Square, Burnett proposes expanding the area of the breast that women can’t show in public.

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A bill expected to be decided by Springfield City Council tonight addresses nuisance properties in the city.

On May 26th, council took the first step in dealing with nuisance properties by unanimously passing an ordinance to create a series of penalties for property owners who continue to fail to maintain their property.  It also clarified changes concerning special tax bills and additions to real estate tax bills and codified due-process-of-law provisions for enforcement actions.

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Springfield City Council has tabled the resolution allowing the motto “In God We Trust” to be displayed in Council Chambers at City Hall or in a prominent location above the city seal.  Council member Justin Burnett sponsored the resolution. He was against the motion to table it.

"I think it would be disrespectable to the audience that we have that's come out to speak to us to table it at this point.  We have a lot of people that have come out just to speak to this agenda item--those for and those against, and I would like to hear the comments from them," he said.

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The City of Springfield will wrap up its Community Listen sessions this week which, when done, will cover nine northwest neighborhoods. The meetings are the city’s way of giving communities a voice in an effort to find solutions for many common concerns and problems.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended some of those sessions and has this report.

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In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Leslie Carrier talks with Springfield City Council member, Mike Schilling. 

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