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Missouri governor signs cellphone tower measures

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 5:51 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation limiting the authority of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

Nixon signed four bills Thursday that partially re-enact a state law approved last year but struck down by a Cole County judge on procedural grounds.

The legislation imposes 19 new restrictions on the way local governments may regulate cellphone towers.

The measures bar governments from evaluating applications for towers based on alternative locations or requiring the removal of existing equipment as a condition for approval. The legislation also caps application fees and sets deadlines for governments to make decisions on applications.

The Missouri Municipal League says it's disappointed Nixon signed the measures, which it says interfere with local control.

Cellphone tower legislation is SB649-651 and SB653.


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