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Missouri push against out-of-state water exports gains traction

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There’s new momentum around a bill that would make it illegal to export Missouri’s waters outside of the state without a permit.

The Missouri House voted in favor of the legislation on Wednesday. With one more vote of approval, it would head to the Senate for consideration.

State Rep. Jamie Burger (R-Benton) introduced HB 2153 earlier this year that in an effort to change Missouri’s water sharing procedures, citing prolonged drought concerns from last year.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of Thursday, around 36% of Missouri is abnormally dry, while another 32% of Missouri is dealing with a moderate or severe drought. Gov. Mike Parson issued a drought alert last November through May 1, enabling resources for communities hit hard by drought conditions.

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(Story by Joey Schneider,

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