The State of Missouri filed a motion to dismiss arguing that the Coalition for the Environment lacks standing to bring this lawsuit. The Circuit Court of Cole County agreed dismissing the case on November 1, 2018. The Court found that the Coalition for the Environment did not show that they were aggrieved by the enactment of HB 1713 or from the implementation of § 644.021, RSMo 2016. Therefore, the Coalition failed to establish it has standing. The court also found that the General Assembly did not violate any Constitutional procedures when it enacted the bill. Based on these rulings, the court dismissed the case.
This decision may be appealed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. A notice of appeal has not yet been filed.
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Keywords: Environmental law, Missouri Clean Water Commission, HB 1713