Mo. Conservationists Oppose Legislative Oversight

6 years 7 months 1 week ago Wednesday, February 19 2014 Feb 19, 2014 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:39:18 AM CST February 19, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Supporters of the Missouri Conservation Department are opposing a potential ballot measure on the Legislature's ability to block executive branch rules.

A proposal by House member Jay Barnes would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment formally creating a legislative process to halt administrative rules deemed incompatible with state law.

A similar structure already exists but is not required by the Missouri Constitution.

Numerous Conservation Department supporters raised concerns at a House committee hearing Tuesday that the proposal could lead to legislative meddling in agency policies.

Barnes said that's not his intent. The Jefferson City Republican said he wants to ensure a balance of power between the legislative and executive branches.

The measure would require a three-fifths vote of the House and Senate to block administrative rules.

 

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