Can Prop B compromise get through Missouri's legislature in four weeks?
Gov. Jay Nixon has brokered a compromise between state-level animal-welfare groups and Missouri dog breeders over new restrictions on breeding operations.
The state Department of Agriculture released draft legislation alongside a letter signed by officials from agriculture groups and the Humane Society of Missouri endorsing the plan.
The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) financed a ballot issue last year that rewrote state laws to greatly restrict breeding operations. It passed with 51.7% of the vote.
However, lawmakers approved significant revisions to the law.
Breeders say the changes are necessary to allow legitimate businesses to stay in operation, but animal-welfare groups say they essentially gut the voter-approved restrictions.
The bill is now on Nixon’s desk awaiting either a veto or passage into law.
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