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St. Louis Park City Council meeting to discuss Pledge of Allegiance question

The City Council is revisiting whether or not they'll stop saying the pledge before public meetings.

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — After announcing they would no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance before public meetings, the St. Louis Park City Council is meeting Monday night to revisit the issue.

The City Council initially voted to stop saying the pledge because of concerns that it didn't reflect diverse values.

Back in June, the resolution was approved by a 5-0. One council member and the mayor were both absent from the vote.

At the time, Ward 2 council member Anne Mavity said reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during public meetings wasn't necessary because "not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen." 

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"They certainly don't need to come into city council chambers and pledge their allegiance to our country in order to tell us what their input is about a sidewalk in front of their home," said Mavity.

The decision faced almost immediate backlash, with Minnesota Senate Republicans calling the move "shocking."

One day after the vote, the City Council announced they would revisit removing the Pledge after hearing "many comments from the community."

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The study session begins at 6:30. Look for updates tonight on KARE 11 at 10 p.m.

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