JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of farmers.
The House passed the amendment 132-25 on Tuesday. The Senate approved the proposal 28-6 just after the House vote. The measure will be on the November 2014 election ballot.
Rep. Bill Reiboldt of Neosho says his amendment would allow farmers to continue raising livestock and producing quality food for the state.
Voters will be asked if the constitution should be amended to "ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed."
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois Senate proposal to allow the carrying of concealed weapons would let large cities add to the list of places considered off limits to guns.
Sen. Kwame Raoul told The Associated Press Tuesday he doesn't expect many cities to declare separate gun-free locales because there already are many statewide restrictions in the bill.
Lobbyist Todd Vandermyde says the National Rifle Association will oppose "any local control" on concealed carry. The local option would be limited to "home-rule units" - generally cities over 25,000 in population. Raoul's legislation includes a statewide gun prohibition in schools, liquor stores, stadiums, amusement parks and more.
Illinois has until June 9 to comply with a federal court order to enact a law allowing concealed guns in public.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster updated the case against the operators of the Bridgeton Landfill. Koster says his office has reached a preliminary agreement with the owners of the landfill. Koster says that Republic Services has agreed to extinguish the smoldering event that's been burning underground for nearly 2 and a half years, and they agreed to eliminate the odor that's causing so many problems. Koster also gave a few specifics about the relocation process for households within a 1-mile radius of the landfill. Folks will be notified by phone calls, 3 rounds of door-to-door canvassing, and by the media. When asked about a potential worst-case scenario, Koster said no evacuation plan was needed, but the state will closely monitor the situation. Starting May 20th, Republic Services will start repairing some obsolete underground pipes, but Koster says that during the repair process, the odor may increase.