Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation

                 

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 Places State Veterinarian in Charge of ALL Animal Care Training

SB 372                     

Sponsor: Senator Hegeman                  

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Final Outcome: DEFEATED

Currently monies generated from the "I'm Pet Friendly" license plate program are given to animal shelters or other non-profit organizations who provide low cost spay/neuter services. This money is disbursed after approval of an independent committee with experience in animal control and spay/neuter services. This bill would disband this committee and give the authority for distributing grants to the Department of Agriculture.

 Eliminates Authority of Clean Water Commission to Regulate Factory Farms

SB 156                 

Sponsor: Representative Munzlinger            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill places the state veterinarian in charge of all animal care training, including all animal care training in high school classes, 4-H clubs, college level courses, and vocation schools. The state veterinarian would also supervise any instructions on animal care given by a veterinarian with his/her client. This bill would give the state veterinarian authority over all training for law enforcement personnel in matters related to the investigation of animal cruelty cases even though the state veterinarian has no authority, purview, expertise or experience with the state's cruelty statutes. The sponsor has stated that he foresees "monitors" in classrooms across the state to monitor how people are instructed in animal care. This is GOVERNMENT OVERREACH at its worst.

HB 113                  

Sponsor: Representative McGaugh            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

​Final Outcome:DEFEATED

Missouri is one of the few Midwestern states that still permits County Commissioners and County Health Boards to regulate CAFOs (factory farms). In fact, all 8 states contiguous to Missouri prohibit local control of CAFOs. As a result, large corporate agricultural entities have poured more money into the coffers of Missouri state legislators than any other state legislature in the country. Subsequently, this legislation was introduced to deny counties the authority to regulate CAFOs. Missouri has become Ground Zero for corporate agriculture. An identical bill passed the House of Representatives last session. 

 Provides Penalties for Failure to Control Dogs

HB 175                  

Sponsor: Representative Reiboldt            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

​Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill prohibits county commissioners and county health boards from regulating the disposal of waste from factory farms so as to prevent the pollution of streams, waterways, as well as neighboring public and private property. It also prevents counties from establishing any regulations pertaining to GMOs. 

HB 1219                      

Sponsor: Representative Hannegan          

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

Final Outcome:FAILED

State Highway Patrol shall post a public-accessible list on its website of any person convicted of an animal abuse offense.

 Establish Missouri Animal Abuse Registry

SB 76                    

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

​Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill severely limits lawsuits against factory farms for air, water, and waste pollution.

 Canned Hunting Ballot Initiative

HB 279                      

Sponsor: Representative Houghton          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill transfers the authority of regulating deer in canned hunts and captive deer farms from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture. The intent of the bill is to PREVENT  regulations on canned hunts and captive breeding farms. Last year the Court overturned recent attempts by the Department of Conservation to regulate canned hunts and captive breeding farms. This bill is a follow-up to that court action. 

 Protects Factory Farms from Lawsuits for Pollution

HB 71                  

Sponsor: Representative McGaugh            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill came about when a large Minnesota CAFO (factory farm) tried to set up a hog CAFO in Missouri. The Missouri Clean Water Commission requires CAFOs to have financial assets to reimburse the state for environmental disasters. The MN Corporation set up a shell corporation in Missouri so that the parent company would be immune from any financial losses due to environmental disasters. When the Clean Water Commission refused to grant a permit to a shell corporation, the MN Corporation sued the Clean Water Commission. After the MN CAFO lost its lawsuit, it appealed to the Missouri Legislature to pass legislation to bypass the authority of the Clean Water Commission. An identical bill passed the House of Representatives last session.

 Captive Cervids (Deer)

FARM ANIMALS

 Disbands a Governor-Appointed Committee to Disburse Grants for Spay/Neuter Services

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

 Eliminates Breed Specific Ordinances Including Spay/Neuter Ordinances

HB 114                   

Sponsor: Representative McGaugh            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill holds a person liable for voicing concerns about the safety of food from animals raised on factory farms. This bill is similar to the law in Texas that resulted in Oprah Winfrey being sued for speaking about Mad Cow disease. This bill is intended to quell criticism of unhealthy practices at factory farms such as the excessive and injudicious use of antibiotics on pigs raised for human consumption. Pigs in factory farms often require large doses of antibiotics due to the unsanitary and stressful living conditions.

SB 77                     

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

​Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill prohibits county commissioners and county health boards from regulating the disposal of waste from factory farms so as to prevent the pollution of streams, waterways, as well as neighboring public and private property. It also prevents counties from establishing any regulations pertaining to GMOs. 

HB 905                      

Sponsor: Representative DeGroot            

Alliance Position: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Final Outcome:BILL & AMENDMENT FAILED

This bill would nullify all ordinances and policies that are breed specific, including mandatory spay/neuter ordinances in Springfield and Kansas City that have dramatically reduced impoundment of pit bulls in these two municipalities. The Alliance is seeking an AMENDMENT to allow municipalities to regulate the breeding of dogs.

HB 384                      

Sponsor: Representative Anderson            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill would effectively eliminate the disposition process for abused and neglected animals and allow the animals to remain in the hands of their abusers until the conclusion of a criminal trial.

 Suppress Free Speech on Farm Animal Issues

 Provides Penalties for Failure to Control Dogs

SB 123                      

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

​Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill transfers the authority of regulating deer in canned hunts and captive deer farms from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture. The intent of the bill is to PREVENT regulations on canned hunts and captive breeding farms. Last year the Court overturned recent attempts by the Department of Conservation to regulate canned hunts. This bill is a follow-up to that court action. 

CRUELTY & ABUSE

 Right To Hunt

HJR 4                      

Sponsor: Representative McGaugh          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill would amend the state constitution to limit restrictions on hunting and trapping and would make hunting the preferred method of controlling and managing wildlife as compared to employing humane alternatives to deer and other wildlife overpopulation problems.

 Captive Cervids (Deer)

 Eliminates Authority of Counties to Regulate Factory Farms

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

 Prohibits Counties from Regulating Waste from Factory Farms

2017 Legislation

The 2017 Legislative Session has ended.  You can see the results here, and click on the bill number for details:

 Prohibits Counties from Regulating Waste from Factory Farms

COMPANION ANIMALS

WILDLIFE

SB 164                      

Sponsor: Senator Romine              

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

Final Outcome:FAILED

This bill creates penalties for allowing a dog to run at large if such animal injures itself, another animal, a human, or damages property. This is critical for counties without animal control ordinances.

SB 331                      

Sponsor: Senator Hegeman            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

​Final Outcome:DEFEATED

This bill would effectively eliminate the disposition process for abused and neglected animals and allow the animals to remain in the hands of their abusers until the conclusion of a criminal trial.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has been attempting to regulate both captive deer farms and canned hunts due to concerns that these facilities are causing the spread of chronic wasting disease to the wild deer population in the state. In response to these regulatory efforts, the Missouri deer breeders have successfully brought legal action to block the implementation of regulations on their operations and have sought to deny MDC any authority whatsoever to regulate canned hunts and captive deer farms.


As a rejoinder to these legal challenges of the deer breeders, a ballot initiative has been filed with the Secretary of State's office that, if passed, would enact into the state constitution a prohibition of "confined big game killing" starting in 2021. If enough signatures are gathered to place this on the ballot, this initiative would be voted on by Missouri voters in 2018.


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HB 176                      

Sponsor: Representative Reiboldt              

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

Final Outcome:FAILED

This bill creates penalties for allowing a dog to run at large if such animal injures itself, another animal, a human, or damages property. This is critical for counties without animal control ordinances.