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Rich Village Faces Tough Trouble

Date: February 25, 2008
By: Reed Erickson
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The law that eliminates the ability of land owners to incorporate their property into private cities got first round approval in the Senate.

Reed Erickson reports from Jefferson City.

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Legislation that makes it easier for large land owners to bypass county zoning and regulations is one step closer to eliminaton.

Critics charged that speaker of the House Rod Jetten had snuck in the change to allow a rich landowner in southwest Missouri to establish his own village. 

The Bill's Sponsor Southwest Senator Jack Goodman is a fellow Republican who disagrees with Jetten's legislation.

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Description: I think that the law passed year sets some dangerous policy and before we see a lot done under that bad law we need to back up where we were before that and evaluate the changes more carefully. 


Goodman's bill includes an emergency provision that once passed by the legislature would make it immedieately effective if signed by the Governor. 

The Bill faces one more vote in the Senate before it goes before the House. 


Intro: Senate gives first round approval to strike law that gives large land owners ability to create their own towns.

Reed Erickson Reports from Jefferson City

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A bill repealing the law passed last year to make it easier for large land owners to create their own towns only faces one more vote in the senate before it is sent to the house.

House Speaker Rod Jetton was criticized for sneaking the legislation into a large bill to allow a rich landowner in southwest Missouri to establish his own village. 

Bill sponsor and fellow Republican Southwest Missouri Senator Jack Goodman said he wants the law returned to pre 2007 language and more time given to any changes.

Actuality:  VILLAGE2.WAV
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Description: My concern is just that if we change those safeguards we need to go through a meaningful process of evaluating those changes before we enact them.


The Bill faces one more vote in the Senate before it goes before the House.

Goodman's bill includes an emergency provision to enact it into law once singed by the Governor.