On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon said he had support from at least 70 lawmakers for a compromise on a new dog-breeding law that was passed by voters in November.
Voters narrowly passed the dog-breeding law, known as Proposition B. Senate Bill 113 was drafted to roll back several of the key components of the dog-breeding law.
Controversy about the compromise has come from both sides. Voters who supported the dog-breeding law have said the legislature should not undo a law that was passed by Missouri voters. Voters who were against the law have said outside interests that generated large donations were the reason why the law passed. Dog breeders have said they are concerned that the law, which puts a limit on the number of breeding dogs and imposes housing requirements, could put them out of business.
- Repeal the provision that limits breeders to own no more than 50 dogs.
- Change the definition of "adequate breeding cycles" to what is "appropriate for the species, age and health of the dog." Under the law passed in November, owners would not be allowed to breed dogs more than twice every 18 months.
- Require that animals receive larger amounts of space, but that requirement will be phased in over a period of several years.
- Change the specifics regarding veterinarian care. Instead of a licensed veterinarian examining the dogs at least once per year, the compromise would change that to "at least two personal visual inspections annually by a licensed veterinarian," according to the Beacon.
The compromise must still be approved by the Missouri General Assembly.
How do you feel about the governor's proposed compromise for dog-breeding regulations?