Ozarks Legislation to be Introduced

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

Hartzler’s congressional district includes part of the Lake of the Ozarks, which has been embroiled in controversy 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 this week 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.