JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon wants to boost Missouri's oversight of dog breeders.
Nixon proposed Wednesday to add $1.1 million to the state budget to hire 10 more inspectors, investigators, veterinarians and office staff for the Department of Agriculture program that regulates dog-breeding facilities. Nixon's office says the state currently spends about $600,000 a year on such efforts.
The Senate Appropriations Committee considered the agriculture budget Wednesday but took no action on Nixon's proposal.
Dog breeding has gained increased attention recently in Missouri after voters narrowly approved a ballot measure in 2010 that tightened regulations on breeders. That new law is to take effect in November. State lawmakers are considering legislation that would change many of the voter-approved provisions.