Missouri Senators move forward with efforts to amend voter-approved "puppy mill" measure
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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: Less than a year following the November 2, 2010 vote, lawmakers have proposed legislation to repeal portions of Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative, Proposition B. On March 10 State Senators voted 20-14 in favor of SB 113.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, repeals some of the mandates included in Proposition B, also known as the "Puppy Mill Initiative." Specifically, some of the amendments include eliminating the cap on owning 50 breeding dogs and recent changes to living conditions. The proposal would allow for civil penalties and misdemeanor charges for repeat offenses and implement a $25 annual fee to finance state efforts against unlicensed dog breeders and allow licensing costs of up to $2,500 (instead of $500).
Proposition B was approved by voters following a 51.6% vote. SB113, however, isn't the first repeal attempt. On December 1, 2010, the first day to file legislation for consideration in the 2011 session, Sen. Bill Stouffer officially filed a bill to repeal Proposition B.Senate Bill 4 can be read here. On January 3, 2011 Rep. Tony Dugger filed HB 94. The House bill can be read here.