Village Law Is Repealed, and Blocks Lots of Other Stupid Ideas on Its Way Out
This could not have worked out better, frankly. The harmful "Village Law" that was passed last year was properly repealed in the session that just finished on Friday. The Springfield News-Leader had the story; it has covered this issue closely all year. The good news is that the dispute over the repeal of the law tied up the Senate (links via Combest) in a filibuster for many key hours during the end of the session. There is no way of knowing how many harmful or just plain dumb bills were prevented from passage by the filibuster over the village law, which nonetheless passed in the end. (The Post-Dispatch struck a similar theme in its Sunday editorial, but I have to guess we have far different definitions of what constitutes a bad bill.)
So, in a sense, it was the perfect ending for the village law. And now, with its repeal, individual property owners will no longer be able to just declare themselves to be their own municipality on a whim. Lord knows the last thing we need in Missouri is more government.