Before the ink had time to dry, House members began working on an additional, wide-ranging agriculture bill already passed by the Missouri Senate. Senate Bill 161 includes complementary language that strengthens key provisions of the measure Governor Nixon signed Wednesday. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Senator Bill Stouffer of Saline County:
Senate Bill 113, now known as the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, eliminates a cap on owning 50 breeding dogs and rolls back various requirements on living conditions. Instead of making any violation of the law a felony, it reduces it to a class C misdemeanor.
The governor issued an official statement Wednesday afternoon:
I am extremely pleased that agriculture and animal welfare groups from across our state have worked together to reach a Missouri solution to this complex issue. The Missouri solution upholds the will of the voters by protecting the welfare of dogs, while also ensuring the future of Missouri agriculture. I look forward to having the Missouri solution, Senate Bill 161, on my desk as soon as possible.