Missouri lawmakers itching to cuff local governments’ emergency powers in 2021

The Missouri Senate Wednesday adopted a $1.27 billion supplemental budget and previewed proposed 2021 legislation seeking to cuff local governments’ emergency powers.

The Senate advanced House Bill 14 in a 23-1 vote after the Missouri House approved the emergency spending measure in a 133-5 tally on Nov. 12.

Gov. Mike Parson called the extraordinary session last month to approve his plan to allocate $1.27 billion remaining from the $3 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act money the state received in March.

Under HB 14, the governor’s office will receive $764
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