Mo. Senate panel hearing bill on water testing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Senate committee is taking up legislation moving Missouri's water quality testing out of the Department of Natural Resources to the state health lab.

The legislation grew out of a Senate investigation of DNR's delay last year in releasing test results showing high levels of E. coli bacteria at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The bill was filed last month. Since then, Gov. Jay Nixon also has recommended consolidating various laboratories under the new state health lab. Nixon says it could help save the state money.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment was to hear public testimony on the legislation Monday.

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