Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would limit the ability of cities and counties to restrict cellular telephone towers.   The bill passed on Wednesday by both the House and Senate seeks to reinstate a state law originally enacted last year.

A Cole County judge struck down the law passed last year on procedural grounds.  The new legislation would impose 19 new restrictions on the ways governments can regulate cellphone towers. 

The bill would prohibit local governments from evaluating applications for cellphone towers based on alternative locations or requiring the removal of existing equipment for applications to be approved.  It also would cap application fees and set deadlines for governments to make decisions on applications.

Some cities, towns and counties oppose the bill for taking away local control from decisions about placements of towers.

The legislation now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Cellphone tower bill is SB650.

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