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UPDATE: Missouri Senate votes to repeal some Proposition B provisions

Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 8:09 p.m. CST; updated 6:41 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 9, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate voted Thursday to repeal many of the mandates included in a dog-breeding law approved by voters four months ago.

Some lawmakers fear the law could wipe out the state's dog-breeding industry by forcing costly renovations to facilities and effectively limiting the number of dogs each business can sell.

The Senate legislation would eliminate a cap on owning 50 breeding dogs and roll back various requirements on the dogs' living conditions. It also would eliminate provisions that make any violation a crime.

Instead, the measure would allow civil penalties and misdemeanor charges for repeat offenses. Under the Senate measure, dog breeders would need to provide appropriate space for their animals based on regulations set by the Department of Agriculture. The bill also would allow licensing costs of up to $2,500 instead of $500 and would impose an additional $25 annual fee to finance state efforts to crack down on unlicensed dog breeders.

Senators passed the bill 20-14, with much of the support coming from Republicans who represent districts outside the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. The legislation now moves to the House, and leaders said they plan to consider the Senate's proposal rather than their own.

The dog-breeding ballot measure, called Proposition B, was approved by 52 percent of voters in November.

Missouri has roughly 1,400 licensed commercial dog breeders, according to the Agriculture Department. They amount to a $1 billion industry that employs thousands of people, said Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, who is sponsoring the legislation that reverses parts of the voter-approved initiative.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, who supported the Senate bill, said the measure preserves voters' intent. He said the additional funding would help increase the number of state inspectors.

"This bill, as I said, honors the spirit and the intent of the voters. It protects dogs," said Mayer, R-Dexter. "There's not one member in this body that wants to in any way inhumanely treat animals or dogs, and this will ensure that dogs get the proper humane treatment that they should get."

Critics said voters approved the ballot measure months ago, a decision they contend that lawmakers should respect.

"The Senate decided to defy the will of the voters and to dismantle Proposition B provision by provision, dealing a blow to the welfare of dogs and also to the democratic process in Missouri," said Barbara Schmitz, the Missouri director for the Humane Society of the United States who helped to win support of the ballot measure.


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Cheri Cason March 11, 2011 | 4:13 a.m.

Contact our State Representatives TODAY and ask them to SUPPORT SB113 & 95. http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx Make sure they're GOOD to GO!
Run those activists/lobbyists OUT OF OUR STATE. OUT OUT GET OUT!!! (Watch that Nebraska governor- he takes NO crap off HSUS- he is takin' care of business) :) :)
DEFEND AGRICULTURE!

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Anne Robertson March 11, 2011 | 6:51 a.m.

There are 2 people who can stop this injustice including the Governor. If the governor does not correct this then the entire state is guilty of corruption.

These traitors were not elected with the title OVERRIDE OF THE PEOPLE, that is not their job and the stories they are making up to justify what they did are lies, self-serving fiction to get away with this outrageous action.

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Anne Robertson March 11, 2011 | 7:01 a.m.

Aside from the issue of Missouri's SHAMEFUL REPUTATION as puppy mill capital, the issue is

THIS PROTECTION PROVIDED IN PROP. B

WAS VOTED FOR PUBLICLY AND APPROVED

any official making up lies and fiction to justify its overturn should be subject to RECALL

These officials were not elected as DICTATORS

who say "NO WE KNOW BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE"

That is ultimately what this is about.

These puppy mill owners got together immediately after THEY LOST and PROP B was passed.

They have bragged on several chat lines that "their guy" told them not to worry, he would "take care of it".

SOMEBODY is making promises to SILENCE THE PEOPLE in favor of a few GREEDY PUPPY MILL OWNERS.

WILL THE GOVERNOR ALLOW this?

In every corrupt society, EVENTUALLY, as we have seen in Libya (do we want to let it get that bad) eventually gets tired of being bullied and throws out the dictators

If the governor doesn't fix these, we need to do whatever we can to get out these people who LIED when they agreed to uphold the constitution and represent the people.

DO WE WANT LIARS IN OUR STATE GOVERNMENT?

DO WE WANT BULLIES?

I KNOW I DON'T

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Allan Sharrock March 11, 2011 | 12:23 p.m.

If you think the people will recall the GOV for not vetoing this bill then you are mistaken. Nixon will support this bill as it ensures that he will get the rural vote next time. If he doesn't vote yes then however runs against him will get every farmer vote and will be the next Governor. Face it this repeal will pass so you just as well get over it. Nixon cannot afford to loss any votes in the next election so he will vote yes. If the WILL of the people voted to raise the minimum wages to $40 a hour do you think it should be allowed? There are checks and balances in everything.

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Cheri Cason March 11, 2011 | 5:24 p.m.

Irresponsible behavior would be allowing Prop B to be enacted as it is. Ask the voters the following:
Did YOU vote to put THOUSANDS of Missourians out of work?
Did YOU vote to destroy 1390 small businesses?
Did YOU vote to kill thousands of dogs?
Did YOU vote to create increases in veterinarian fees and put several out of business?
Did YOU vote to help the illegal breeders by eliminating their competition?
Did YOU vote to reduce tax revenues in the state?
Did YOU vote to increase expenditures by 3/4 million dollars within the first year?
Did YOU vote to increase expenditures every year by 1/2 million dollars?
Did YOU vote to give the HSUS free rein to further destroy all of our animal agriculture?
Did YOU vote to end the legal production of puppies?
IF YOU VOTED YES ON PROP B, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU VOTED FOR!!
Should we really have to live with all these consequences just because some voters are too stubborn to admit that they were deceived by the 4-million-dollar emotional, deceptive campaign of the radical Humane Society of the United States?
Ask your senator and representative to FIX the mess you mistakenly voted for.
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