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St. Louis Park to revisit removing Pledge of Allegiance from council meetings

The council voted to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from meetings, citing residents who may not be citizens.
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The St. Louis Park City Council will reevaluate its decision to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from council meetings.

The Council voted 5-0 on June 17 to no longer recite the Pledge before council meetings. Council members said the proposal aimed to make city meetings more welcoming to noncitizens.

"We concluded that in order to create a more welcoming environment to a diverse community we are going to forego saying the Pledge of Allegiance before every meeting," council member Tim Brausen said at the meeting.

But officials are now set to revisit the policy, which was set to go into effect July 15. St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, who was not present for the vote, tweeted that he was “not a fan of the proposal” Thursday.

"Historically when a decision is made by the council, it’s over and we move on but after hearing from more people than I can count in the last day (many admittedly not from SLP), I asked my colleagues to revisit this decision and a majority of them agreed," he said.

The council will discuss the topic again at a July 8 study session. 

While the Minneapolis and Edina city councils do not include the Pledge as part of their proceedings, a number of Twin Cities municipalities do recite it. This includes Blaine, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, St. Paul and Wayzata, according to the Star Tribune

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