Politics
8:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

US rep. proposes bill after Lake of Ozarks issue

Republican Missouri U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler wants to reduce federal regulators' authority over hydroelectric projects.

Hartzler's district includes part of the Lake of the Ozarks that has been embroiled in controversy during the past year over land near the lake. Land included within the boundary of the hydroelectric project falls under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority, while other property does not.

The congresswoman plans to introduce legislation designed to limit FERC's authority over issues not directly connected to power generation. The measure would allow state legislatures to give local communities greater authority over shoreline management.

Hartzler plans to hold a news conference Monday at her home in Camdenton near the Lake of the Ozarks.