House committee on ports to hold inaugural meeting Wednesday

Photo courtesy of the Missouri House of Representatives
Photo courtesy of the Missouri House of Representatives

The Interim House Committee on Development and Improvement of Missouri Ports will hold their first hearing Wednesday to discuss and analyze the current state of Missouri’s ports in the face of changing global economy factors.

Speaker of the House Todd Richardson approved and appointed the committee in July at the urging of current committee chair Rep. Becky Ruth, R-Festus.

Ruth says Wednesday’s hearing will feature testimony from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri Port Authority Association, the Missouri Soybean and Corn Growers Associations, among others, to give legislators background information on the functionality of Missouri’s ports.

The ultimate goal is for the committee to develop a strategic plan to better incorporate Missouri ports into both the state and global economies.

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