According to a published reports, Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce has issued a permanent injunction and declared the two laws as being invalid. This follows the preliminary injunction she issued on Aug. 27 staying the laws (HB 331) from taking effect as scheduled the next day.
Judge Joyce ruled that the HB 331 was flawed procedurally, by violating state constitutional provisions that bills contain only one subject that is clearly expressed in its title, and that lawmakers cannot amend them to change a bills’ original purpose.
This is great news for local governments in Missouri, which battled against ‘Super 6409 + Super Shot Clock’ rules promoted by AT&T on behalf of the wireless industry. Hopefully the Missouri Attorney General’s office will not appeal the ruling. It has until Dec. 2 to make that decision.
For more on HB 331, including the full text of the law, see THIS POST here at CellTowerSites.com.