Missouri’s Sixth District Senator may take legislative action after a conversation with the Osage Beach Mayor.
House Bill 89, Senate Substitute number 2, was sponsored in the Missouri Senate last year by 12th District Senator Brad Lager. Natural resources provisions were modified when the bill was passed, specifically regarding burden of proof of damage.
Senator Mike Kehoe could amend the bill, removing the portion that says under current law, if the Land Reclamation Commission holds a public hearing regarding the issuance of a surface mining permit, the burden of proof is on the permit applicant to prove that the permit would not unduly impair the health, safety, or livelihood of any person. This act removes this burden of proof provision. Lyons is set to meet with the Missouri Senator before the end of the month.