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Missouri Conservationists Oppose Legislative Oversight

Missouri Conservation DepartmentJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (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 (Feb. 18) 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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