Missouri House Passes Bill to Protect Airbnb, Other Rentals

Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Some Missouri lawmakers want to shield lodging websites such as Airbnb from local ordinances that could regulate the services out of business in the state.

House members on Thursday voted 90-49 to pass a bill to do so.

The legislation would prohibit cities and other local governments from adopting fines or regulations that in effect ban residents from renting out their homes to vacationers through sites such as Airbnb.

The bill would leave it up to local governments to set requirements for the minimum age for guests, registration and safety.

If passed by the Senate and signed by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, most policies in the bill would take effect in August.

Lawmakers have until May 12 to pass the legislation.

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