New legislation now in the hands of Governor Jay Nixon removes limits on where cell phones towers are located.
House bill 331 states that municipalities would be barred from evaluating applications for cell phone towers based on specific locations. Nor force companies to add equipment to an existing tower used by its competitor. Local governments also could not require companies to remove existing wireless facilities as a condition of building new ones.
The Missouri municipal league, which opposes the bill said the placement of large cell phone towers in town squares or residential neighborhoods, could hurt property values.
In Joplin, local officials believe the league is justified in opposing the bill.
"I'm sure cities like Joplin, St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield, all of them and all have ordinances in place and I'm sure there's some smaller cities that don't. I imagine this is something they're opposing that they want to make sure they protect their citizens" says Gary Shaw with the Joplin City Council.
The bill remains in the hands of Governor Nixon.
His camp declined to say whether the governor has any concerns about the bill, noting only that it will receive a thorough review.