State Representative for the 39th District Joe Don McGaugh continues to acquaint himself to life in Jefferson City and remains busy helping to form legislation. One measure is House Bill 564 which would introduce an alternative charge to animal abuse in cases where producers unintentionally violate animal neglect and abuse laws. Representative McGaugh says it has traction.
The charge of animal trespass would be an infraction instead of a misdemeanor and allows the animal owner to make repairs to fences and other means of confinement to avoid fines up to $200.
Representative McGaugh also provided information about a growing industry in Missouri and the nation involving the storage of vast amounts of data for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and some government entities. McGaugh says the house has moved to give incentives to the 100-billion dollar industry.
Representative McGaugh adds that the industry is currently valued at $30-billion dollars in the U.S. and $100-billion worldwide while growing annually by 8%. Getting those businesses in Missouri will add jobs in both the short and long-term.
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