Missouri House leaders believe Governor Jay Nixon may be on the verge of signing a controversial bill that reverses Proposition B.
The voter-approved initiative limits dog breeders to 50 per operation and requires larger cages, more outdoor access and annual veterinary exams.
Nixon is also proposing a compromise that would remove the 50-dog-per-breeder cap while leaving some of the other restrictions in place. House Speaker Steven Tilley says they’ll take up the governor’s compromise after he signs the rollback bill into law.
As Governor Jay Nixon (D) weighs his options on a bill to roll back voter-approved dog breeding regulations, supporters and opponents of Proposition B staged dueling rallies a few blocks from each other in Jefferson City.
Several hundred people gathered outside the State Capitol to urge the governor to sign a bill passed by the Missouri House and Senate that would remove the 50-dog per breeder limit and relax provisions for living space and veterinary exams.
Tornados swept through eastern Missouri yesterday, damaging homes and yanking down power lines. No injuries were reported.
The Pike County Sheriff's Department says the storm hit the Bowling Green area late yesterday afternoon, and that three tornadoes were seen in the county in a 45-minute period. Some homes in the Clarksville area had roof damage, and barns and outbuildings in rural Pike County also were damaged.
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation replacing many provisions in a dog-breeding law approved by voters in November. The House approved the legislation 85-71 on Wednesday. It cleared the Senate last month and goes now to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation replacing many provisions in a dog-breeding law approved by voters in November.
The House approved the legislation 85-71 on Wednesday. It cleared the Senate last month and goes now to Gov. Jay Nixon.
The bill eliminates a cap on owning 50 breeding dogs and rolls back various new requirements on dogs' living conditions. Instead, breeders would need to provide appropriate space for their animals based on regulations set by the Department of Agriculture.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gets a closer look at Truman, an eight-week-old Peekanees puppy that was rescued from poor breeding conditions, before a press conference in St. Louis on April 9, 2009. Nixon wants to increase oversight of dog breeders.
Nixon Proposal Would Boost Oversight of Dog Breeders
Governor Jay Nixon proposed Wednesday to add $1.1 million to the state budget to hire 10 more inspectors, investigators, veterinarians and office staff for the Department of Agriculture program that regulates dog-breeding facilities. Nixon's office says the state currently spends about $600,000 a year on such efforts. The Senate Appropriations Committee considered the agriculture budget Wednesday but took no action on Nixon's proposal.