Slay’s departure could be a big hit for St. Louis interests in the legislature. As much as the city seemed to be on the receiving end of rural spite, Slay was well received by the Republican leadership over the course of his tenure. With each House speaker he was able to parlay his no-nonsense demeanor into a good working relationship. And there were tangible results from his efforts: most notably historic legislation to bring the city’s police force back under local control.
Originally in April 11 MOScout