JEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers headed to the Missouri Capitol are likely to encounter some lobbying from a puppy.
Backers of a successful November ballot measure increasing regulations for dog breeders are erecting billboards along major highways leading into Jefferson City. The signs feature a picture of a springer Spaniel puppy and the words, "Missouri voters have spoken. Will you listen?"
State Sen. Bill Stouffer, of Napton, already has filed legislation to repeal the ballot initiative. He says voters were misled about the measure, which would limit licensed businesses to 50 breeding dogs and impose various requirements about their care.
Barbara Schmitz is the campaign director of Missourians for the Protection of Dogs. She says lawmakers should respect the will of the voters. Schmitz says the group is spending about $20,000 on the billboards.