Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lawmakers Begin Moving to Overturn Village Law

A state Senate committee took the first steps towards scrapping the controversial "Village Law" Wednesday, with momentum building towards its repeal, according to proponents.

Watch my KY3 News @ 10 report from Jefferson City HERE.

The controversial "Village Law" makes it easier for landowners to petition county commissions to create a village. Opponents say that would take away local control over development, and could cause harm to property values and the environment.

The law gained attention after Ozarks businessman Robert Plaster filed a petition in Stone County to create a village on his property along Table Rock Lake. The county commission turned down his request. The battle has now gone to court. Wednesday, a State Senate committee initially reviewed legislation by Sen. Jack Goodman to repeal the law.

Goodman and House sponsor Rep. Dennis Wood tell the KY3 Political Notebook they expect the Senate Committee to pass the change and send it to the full Senate by next week. Rep. Wood said he feels the House will be the tougher battle, but added that he has at least 100 commitments from colleagues to vote for the repeal.

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