Lawmakers Reserving Missouri and Mississippi Flood Plains for Hunting

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Lawmakers have passed a bill protecting hunting and sport shooting on flood plains in Missouri.

The measure creates "hunting heritage protection areas" on the 100-year flood plains of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.  In those areas, it would bar using a redevelopment tool called tax increment financing to help pay for private projects.

The bill now goes to the governor.

The restrictions would not apply to urban areas along the rivers such as Kansas City and St. Louis.  It would also allow existing municipal ordinances that restrict hunting and shooting guns.

That's a fix of a bill already sent to the governor that also creates the hunting protections but would pre-empt municipal gun restrictions.

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