College-town politics in Columbia often are at odds with the policies favored by the Republican-dominated Missouri General Assembly 30 miles south in Jefferson City.
That dissonance seems to have inspired legislation that, though motivated by Columbia, would affect the entire state. Several bills making their way through the legislature seek to block or overturn local laws.
State legislators say the bills address the role of government and would get Columbia back on track. But local officials complain that the legislation represents state interference with local control.
Columbia officials aren’t alone among municipal politicians who feel like their control over local matters has been hindered by state government; the same issue is prevalent in Lawrence, Kan., home of the University of Kansas.