Mo. House panel reviews disaster response

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee reviewing the state’s response to recent natural disasters is wrapping up its work.

Committee members met Thursday and discussed several possible issues for inclusion in their report, but did not agree on a final version. Topics included use of a state reserve fund, taxes and prevailing wage requirements for post-disaster construction.

Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller (SHOH’-lur), a Republican from Willard, chairs the special committee. Schoeller says he hopes to complete a final report by the last week of November or the first week of December.

Missouri has faced numerous natural disasters this year, including tornadoes in Joplin, St. Louis and Sedalia, flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and the February blizzard.

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