JEFFERSON CITY — The governor has backed new dog-breeding legislation with the help of invested organizations and lawmakers, just days after the Missouri legislature voted to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill to repeal several measures of November's voter-approved Proposition B.
Like the Senate bill, the agreement removes the 50-dog limit voted on in November. The compromise also adds $1.1 million for dog-breeding regulation enforcement and inspections.
"The agriculture groups signed on to it, the dog breeders association signed on to it, and I think everybody's in agreement that this is the best," said Bob Baker, executive director of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, one of the groups that signed the agreement.
" I think it significantly improves conditions for the dogs, and we're very very pleased with this agreement," Baker said.
On April 13, the Senate joined the House in approving new measures that remove Proposition B's original 50-dog limit on breeding operations as well as restrictions on how often dogs can be bred and their living conditions. Supporters said the bill protects legitimate dog breeders in Missouri, but critics of the bill said the legislature had no right to repeal voters' decision.
Nixon has not yet addressed the bill, which is ready for either a veto or a signature. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, said he does not expect the governor to immediately veto his bill; rather, he said his bill will take the back seat as they try to push the new agreement through the statehouse.