UPDATE: Missouri Gov. Nixon signs compromise dog-breeding bill

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 6:38 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law new legislation rewriting a voter-approved law on dog-breeding operations.

Nixon signed the measure Wednesday evening. It capped a flurry of activity that started earlier Wednesday when Nixon signed a previously passed bill repealing key sections of the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act" approved by voters last November.

As part of a compromise among state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups, lawmakers quickly agreed to supersede their original bill with additional changes to the dog-breeding law.

Ultimately, it means a voter-approved limit of 50 breeding dogs per business will be repealed, and many of the original dog-care provisions will be replaced. The latest version of the bill also gives existing dog breeders more time to comply with expanded housing requirements.

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Louis Schneebaum April 27, 2011 | 7:28 p.m.

No one minds that Jay is a fake Dem who blatantly (as well as frequently) ignores the will of the electorate? Au revoir to one term Jay Nix-on.

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Marina Shane April 28, 2011 | 10:48 p.m.

While I am personally deeply upset about Prop B being overturned, I keep focus on the fact that some relief for the dogs will be coming. Having lobbied on this issue for almost 10 years and seeing such little progress, the efforts over the last year by the coalition are not in vain. While not the much higher standards we had hoped to achieve, at least the standards thru the compromise bill SB161 will be an improvement. We will continue to work for more humane laws. Unfortunately, in Missouri.... it's two steps forward, one step back.

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