JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon received a letter from senior legislative and agricultural leaders thanking him for helping broker a Missouri solution to strengthen requirements for the care and treatment of dogs and protect agriculture in the Show-Me State.  The letter was co-signed by more than 70 members of the Missouri General Assembly, including Sen. Mike Parson, vice-chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee; Rep. Tom Loehner, chairman of the House Agriculture Policy Committee; Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer; and House Speaker Steve Tilley.  Senior leaders from Missouri’s agricultural industry groups also signed the letter.
After receiving the letter, Gov. Nixon issued the following statement:

“I am extremely encouraged that this broad coalition of legislative and industry leaders has endorsed our Missouri solution to strengthen requirements for the care and treatment of dogs and to protect agriculture in our state.  I appreciate the leadership Sen. Parson and Rep. Loehner have shown throughout this process, and I look forward to working with Sen. Mayer, Speaker Tilley and leaders in both parties and both chambers to pass this important agreement as swiftly as possible.  This public statement by a broad coalition of legislative leaders is a significant step forward for our Missouri solution.”