Columbia’s Daily Dish 9/15

City plans to hire sustainability manager (CM) The city of Columbia is hiring. That is, if agreement on a job description can be reached.

Council members question license plate readers, fear invasion of privacy (CM) A Columbia police proposal to buy a high-tech device that can scan license plates and gather data has again heightened city leaders’ concerns about privacy rights.

UPDATE: Missouri audit finds legislators received unreported funds from lobbyists (CM) According to an audit released Monday by the state auditor’s office, state legislators solicited lobbyist donations for expenses ranging from meals to Christmas parties and gift cards for their staff.

Embattled senator turns in law license (CM) Despite reports from several news agencies that embattled former state Rep. Steve Brown, D-St. Louis County, had refused to turn in his law license, the Missouri Supreme Court confirmed Monday that it had received proper documentation from Brown.

School district approves funding for online courses, career center addition (CM) The Columbia School Board voted unanimously in favor of one of three amendments to the 2009-10 district budget that were considered Monday.

Missouri’s economic development chief resigns (CDT) Linda Martinez, director of the state Department of Economic Development, resigned Monday, saying she had been unable to meet with Gov. Jay Nixon “to discuss and reconcile our different views on how to move the state we both love forward.”

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