Missouri Measure Allows County Burning Bans

7 years 1 day 15 hours ago Monday, July 15 2013 Jul 15, 2013 Monday, July 15, 2013 3:44:24 AM CDT July 15, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri counties will be allowed to approve ordinances enacting burn bans when the state fire marshal determines doing so would be appropriate.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law broad legislation that included the burn ban issue.

Burn bans approved by counties could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail for any violations. Burn bans also could prohibit use of skyrockets and missiles but not other consumer fireworks.

Republican House member Donna Lichtenegger, of Jackson, sponsored the legislation. She says allowing county officials to enforce a ban on burning is an important safety step - particularly during droughts.

The legislation takes effect Aug. 28.

 

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