Missouri House approves dog-breeding compromise bill

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 3:52 p.m. CDT; updated 11:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 27, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has approved additional changes to the state's dog breeding regulations in a deal with Gov. Jay Nixon to sign separate legislation repealing key parts of last year's voter-approved law.

House members endorsed the new bill Wednesday shortly after Nixon signed another bill rolling back parts requirements in the voter-backed law.

The new legislation would give breeders more time to comply with expanded housing requirements for their dogs. It also addresses veterinary care requirements.

Nixon's administration brokered a deal over breeding regulations with state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups.

The House voted 108-42 to approve legislation needed for that agreement. The measure was added by the House to a separate Senate bill, meaning the Senate must decide whether to accept the changes or request negotiations.


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Shelley Powers April 27, 2011 | 4:44 p.m.

And it's already over in the Senate. In fact, it went into the senate so fast, it left members confused and they're having to redo the vote because of the confusion.

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