Bill expanding public notice to four days goes to Nixon

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | 3:33 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missourians would get more advance notice about public meetings involving taxes under legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Senators gave the measure final approval Wednesday.

Under the current system, Missouri requires governing bodies to post notice of all public meetings at least 24 hours in advance.

Under the bill, four days' notice would be required before any meeting on tax increases, creation of special taxing districts or use of eminent domain.

The legislation also bars governing bodies from voting on taxes until after people have had a chance to comment during a public hearing.

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