Irl L. Scissors, Executive Director
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Irl L. Scissors currently serves as Executive Director of MBEF. While also leading his own consulting firm “Gateway Government Relations”, Irl has more than 10 years of experience in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C. working alongside key policymakers dealing with legislative and regulatory issues.
Through his work and achievements, Irl has built a strong foundation and commitment to clean energy and environmental issues affecting Missouri. Some of his accomplishments include:
Easy Connect Act, SB54: Irl sought sponsors and negotiated legislation, which allows homeowners who use renewable power sources like solar and wind to connect to the main grid, receiving credit for energy they produce. Law effective August 2007.
Omnibus Green Energy Bill, SB1181: Irl negotiated with legislative leaders and utility industry executives a bill containing multiple provisions that included funding for energy efficiency projects in state buildings, a state sales tax holiday for energy efficient appliances, low interest loan programs for certain alternative energy operations, tax incentives for home energy audits, and statewide energy efficiency standards for certain products. Law effective August 2008.
Proposition C: Irl served as political director on a statewide ballot measure requiring investor-owned utilities to produce 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2021. The initiative passed with more than 66 percent of the vote.
Irl is a former policy advisor for Gov. Bob Holden and served as the Governor’s liaison to the Missouri Departments of Natural Resources, Conservation, Corrections and Labor and Industrial Relations.
Irl spent four years in Washington, D.C., in government affairs with the Grocery Manufacturers of America and American Stock Exchange. He is a veteran of numerous political campaigns.
Irl attended Saint Louis University School of Law earning his J.D. in 2000 with a Certificate in Employment Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Indiana University.
Irl, his wife, Jennifer, and three sons reside in St. Louis, Mo.