Mo. Lawmakers Take New Tactic on Cellphone Towers

2 years 10 months 1 week ago January 28, 2014 Jan 28, 2014 Tuesday, January 28 2014 Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:49:45 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - After getting stymied in court, many telecommunications companies are supporting a new approach in the Missouri Legislature to try to limit local restrictions on cellphone towers.

A Senate commerce committee heard testimony Tuesday on five separate bills limiting city regulations on cellphone towers, utility poles and right-of-way rules.

All of the measures were rolled into a single bill that passed last year. But it was struck down last fall by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce for violating the Missouri Constitution's single-subject requirement for legislation.

Supporters of the legislation say it's needed to curtail a patchwork of city regulations that can hinder the expansion of high-speed Internet service.

But cities say it undermines their ability to protect property values through local zoning and land use requirements.

 

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