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Legislation filed in MO House would revoke self-governing villages

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A controversial last-minute provision added to Missouri's local government bill earlier this year allows landowners in Missouri to form self-governing villages.

Now, one lawmaker wants to eliminate it. Republican House Member Dennis Wood said the measure allows landowners to exempt themselves from county zoning laws.

Wood is sponsoring two bills. One would revoke the village provision passed earlier this year.

"I have also filed House Bill 1337," Wood said. "This bill will go a littler further in giving the counties the opportunity to revoke any villages that have been established since August 28th of '07."

The village provision was added by House Speaker Rod Jetton.

Critics say he snuck it in at the last minute to help a businessman who owns property near Table Rock Lake.

Jetton was unavailable for comment Monday, but the speaker said previously that the measure was meant to help spur the growth of infrastructure.