Missouri Right-to-Farm, Amendment 1 (August 2014)

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Amendment 1
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Missouri Constitution
Referred by:Missouri State Legislature
Topic:Food and agriculture
Status:On the ballot
Missouri Constitution
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Preamble
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The Missouri "Right-to-Farm" Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, will appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If passed, the measure, which is sponsored by Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-160), would add a section to the state constitution that explicitly guarantees farmers and ranchers the right to engage in their livelihoods and produce food for others.[1]

The full text of the measure can be found here.

Text of measure

The following language will appear on the ballot:[2]

Official Ballot Title: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed? The potential costs or savings to governmental entities are unknown, but likely limited unless the resolution leads to increased litigation costs and/or the loss of federal funding.

Fair Ballot Language: A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to guarantee the rights of Missourians to engage in farming and ranching practices, subject to any power given to local government under Article VI of the Missouri Constitution. A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding farming and ranching.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.[3]


Support

This bill was sponsored by Rep. Bill Reiboldt in the legislature, when it was known as House Joint Resolution 11. The Missouri Cattlemen's Association has expressed its support of this amendment.[4]

Opposition

Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-34) is opposed to the amendment. He has expressed concerns over the public's safety if the amendment is adopted, saying that this could lead to a situation in which it is more difficult for state regulators to control super-food poisoning bugs created as a result of feeding antibiotics to livestock.[5]

Path to the ballot

See also Amending the Missouri Constitution

Proposed amendments must be agreed to by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Missouri General Assembly.


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