Missouri Republicans seek to rein in liberal cities
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Missouri's Capitol often bristle at rules and requirements handed down from the federal government, saying they favor local authority in most matters.
However, several GOP-supported proposals this year aim to hand down similar mandates to cities and counties across the state. Examples include proposals that would block local authorities from pursuing business policies or banning plastic bags.
Republican Rep. Caleb Rowden, of Columbia, says businesses should not have to deal with variation across cities and that the state is in the best position to regulate those policies.
But Columbia City Councilman Michael Trapp says it's hypocritical for a state that opposes federal interference to meddle with local affairs.