Bill permits removal of rowdy Missouri campers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri campground owners could gain a new tool for dealing with misbehaving guests.

A bill passed by the Legislature would allow campground owners to eject those who stay beyond the departure day, create a disturbance, default on payments or violate a state or federal law.

Campers who refuse to leave could be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $500 and from 30 days to six months in jail.

The provisions would not apply to campgrounds in state parks.

Supporters say the measure would let campground owners address problems more quickly and efficiently.

Lawmakers gave the measure final approval before wrapping up their annual session last week. It now awaits action by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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