HB 181 Affects enforcement of littering on waterways.

By Bob Randall on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 in Conservation, No Comments

It’s easy to ignore what’s going on in Jefferson City and Washington DC (I guess that’s not necessarily true considering the hijinks, dealing, and tweets). However, let’s focus on some items that may affect our fishing and conservation values. This morning, long time MTFA member Ralph Eichholz posted a compilation of legislation but removed it as it turned out to be too long. I’ll condense it by tackling portions of it in smaller bites, comment on some of it, and you can make up your own minds.

In Jefferson City: HB 181 Affects enforcement of littering on waterways.
Sponsor: Representative Don Phillips-District 138-Republican
Status: Public Hearing Completed

Don Phillips is my representative. I drive him crazy with emails concerning conservation legislation. I wrote him as soon as I saw this legislation in early January. A portion of his return email was the following, “HB 181 is a correction to the new criminal code that went into effect Jan 1, 2017, where authority to enforce littering laws on waterways was omitted. This bill just reinstates that authority. The language was brought to me by the Deputy Director of MDC, Aaron Jeffries.” That tells me something about Representative Phillips, MDC trusts him.
Start your research here: http://www.house.mo.gov/billcentral.aspx?pid=26

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