Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation

                 

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HB 1286                    

Sponsor: Representative Engler             

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This bill would prohibit lawsuits against factory farms for air, water, and waste pollution.

 Eliminates Breed Specific Ordinances Including Spay/Neuter Ordinances

HB1910                  

Sponsor: Representative Brattin          

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

Increases the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement animal to a class A misdemeanor.

HB 1480                     

Sponsor: Representative Love             

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Missouri is one of the few Midwestern states that still allows 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 (2017). 

 Prevents Municipalities From Regulating Working and Performance Animals

HB 1907                    

Sponsor: Representative Spencer          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Prohibits laws, ordinances and rules that would restrict animal acts and carriage horse operations.

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

 Protects the Environment from Factory Farms

MISCELLANEOUS

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

HB 1945                       

Sponsor: Representative Anderson           

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

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. It also eliminates the authority of animal control officers from rescuing abused and neglected animals. NOTE: This bill is identical to SB 817.

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

SB 716                   

Sponsor: Senator Eigel           

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

Increases the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement animal to a class A misdemeanor.

CRUELTY & ABUSE

 Provides Penalties for Failure to Control Dogs

HB 1615                      

Sponsor: Representative Reiboldt              

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

This bill allows animal control officers to rescue dogs running at large and creates penalties for allowing a dog to run at large if such animal injures itself, another animal, or damages property. This is critical for counties that do not have local animal control ordinances.

2018 Legislation

HB 1418                    

Sponsor: Representative Burnett         

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

This bill increases the penalty for animal abuse from a class A misdemeanor to a class E felony.

 Prevents Municipalities from Prohibiting Animal Exploitation

 Increases Penalties for Animal Abuse

 Protects Factory Farms from Lawsuits for Pollution

HB 1614                  

Sponsor: Representative Reiboldt            

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This bill prohibits County Commissioners and County Health Boards from regulating the disposal of waste from factory farms. This legislation would result in the pollution of streams, waterways, as well as neighboring public and private property. It also prevents counties from establishing any regulations pertaining to GMOs.

 Prohibits Counties from Regulating Waste from Factory Farms

The 2018 Legislative Session began on January 3rd and will continue through May 18th. Here is the legislation affecting the welfare of animals:

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

SB 918                     

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This legislation would allow numerous abusive practices to be inflicted upon working animals and permit cruel animal activities such as horse tripping. It would deny proper housing and care of working animals and animals in entertainment. It would also jeopardize all local ordinances, including zoning ordinances, on dog breeding facilities. This bill would also allow carriage horses to operate without any oversight and be subjected to uncountable abuses.

FARM ANIMALS

HB 1398                     

Sponsor: Representative DeGroot             

Alliance Position: SUPPORT with AMENDMENT


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 the impoundment of pit bulls in these two municipalities. This bill would also invalidate Florissant's spay/neuter ordinance. The Alliance is seeking an AMENDMENT to allow municipalities to regulate the breeding of dogs.

 As additional bills are filed, we will update this page.

HB 1850                 

Sponsor: Representative McCreery            

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

Increases public membership in the Clean Water Commission in order to provide better oversight of factory farms.

SB 817                      

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger             

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

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. It also eliminates the authority of animal control officers from rescuing abused and neglected animals.

COMPANION ANIMALS

 Eliminates Authority of Counties to Regulate Factory Farms

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

HB 1649                   

Sponsor: Representative Cornejo           

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

Increases the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement animal to a class A misdemeanor.