Missouri lawmakers pass limits on farm lawsuits

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 5:08 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri legislature has sent the governor a bill that would limit nuisance lawsuits against farms.

The legislation caps the damages to property owners who file multiple suits against the same farming operation at the fair market value of their affected property.

Lawmakers gave the bill final approval Thursday.

Rep. Casey Guernsey, a Harrison County Republican sponsoring the bill, says the legislation will protect agricultural producers against being forced out of business by multiple lawsuits.

Critics say the legislation could allow large-scale hog farms that produce foul odors to move into an area and lower surrounding property values before buying out those properties at the lower price.


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