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Missouri Senator Looking to Limit Power of Environmental Codes and Fines

FILE - Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz delivers opening remarks during the start of the annual legislative session on Wednesday, Jan, 5, 2022, in Jefferson City, Mo. The Missouri Senate remained divided over a congressional redistricting plan Tuesday, Feb. 8 as a filibuster from conservatives pushing for an aggressively Republican map carried on through a second day and Democrats raised concerns that they were being treated unfairly. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb, File)

Making sure Missouri businesses understand why they may be fined by the state’s Department of Natural Resources or the EPA is one of the reason behind a senate bill according to its sponsor.

Missouri Senator Eric Burlison is pushing his Senate Bill 918 which would ensure the states’s Department of Natural Resources and its divisions do not impose rules or fines that are not already covered by the federal government.

The Springfield-area Republican says he has gotten calls of concern from small businesses from his district and that the laws and penalties (when they’re violated) should be clear.

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