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.

UPDATE:  Amended to Remove Prohibition of Lawsuits Against Factory Farms

 Eliminates Breed Specific Ordinances Including Spay/Neuter Ordinances

HB 1828                 

Sponsor: Representative Houghton          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Among other things, this bill places the Department of Agriculture in charge of all animal welfare groups in reference to the training they perform regarding the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act for law enforcement personnel. This bill would give the state veterinarian authority over training performed by animal welfare organizations on laws protecting animals in puppy mills. This is an attempt to prevent law enforcement from being educated on our laws to protect animals. It would allow for regulations to be implemented that would allow "state monitors" in classrooms across the state to control how animal welfare groups advocate for animals. This is GOVERNMENT OVERREACH at its worst.

UPDATE:  Passed House of Representatives - Hearing Conducted in Senate Agriculture Committee but Committee Has Not Yet Voted on Bill

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.

UPDATE:  Passed Local Government Committee - Committee Voted Down Amendment to Protect Spay/Neuter Ordinances and Voted Down Amendment to Strengthen Law Against Dogfighting - Currently in Administrative Rules Committee

 Provides Treatment for Animal Abusers

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. 

UPDATE:  Passed House of Representatives - Passed Senate Agriculture Committee - Awaiting Vote on Senate Floor

SB 782                 

Sponsor: Senator Cunningham          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This is an omnibus bill that contains the same language as SB 823 which has been amended to diminish pollution by factory farms.

UPDATE:  Passed Senate - Hearing in House Conservation Committee - Awaiting Vote on House Floor

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.

UPDATE:  No Hearing to Date

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.

UPDATE:  Legislation Amended in Committee to Maintain Disposition Process - Effectively Killing This Bill

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

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

 Eliminates Authority of Counties to Regulate Factory Farms

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

CRUELTY & ABUSE

SB 627                

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This bill contains the same language as HB 1614 which prohibits County Commissioners and County Health Boards from regulating the disposal of waste from factory farms.

UPDATE:  Passed Senate - Passed House Conservation Committee - Awaiting Vote on House Floor

HCB 16                 

Sponsor: Representative Houghton          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This is an omnibus bill that contains language from HB 1828. This bill also contains language that seeks to restrict the marketing of plant based and cultured grown meat.

UPDATE:  Passed House Agriculture Committee - Awaiting Floor Vote in House

 Prohibits Counties from Regulating Waste from Factory Farms

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

SB 823                 

Sponsor: Senator Schatz          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This bill would allow factory farms to place, cause, or permit to be placed, any water contaminant such as manure in a location where it is reasonably certain to cause pollution of any waters of the state.

UPDATE:  Amended to Diminish Pollution by Factory Farms

HB 2374                 

Sponsor: Representative Gregory           

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

HB 2374 would afford protection to animals in domestic abuse cases.  Household pets often become pawns in the game of power and control that batterers use to coerce, control and intimidate their victims. In a nationwide study, 76% of battered women reported that their abusers had harmed, killed or threatened their animals. 

UPDATE:  No Hearing to Date

COMPANION 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.  

UPDATE:  Amended to Preserve All Local Animal Protection Laws 

 Provides Penalties for Failure to Control Dogs

HB 1649                   

Sponsor: Representative Cornejo           

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

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

UPDATE:  Defeated in House of Representatives

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.

UPDATE:  No Hearing to Date

Allows Factory Farms to Pollute

HB 1907                    

Sponsor: Representative Spencer          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

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

UPDATE:  Amended to Preserve All Local Animal Protection Laws - House Agriculture Committee Considering Removing Such Amendments

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

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

Usurps the Right of Animal Welfare Organizations to Advocate for Animals and to Educate Law       Enforcement on Animal Cruelty & Neglect Laws

 Protects Factory Farms from Lawsuits for Pollution

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.

UPDATE:  Passed House of Representatives - Hearing Conducted in Senate Agriculture Committee but Committee Has Not Yet Voted on Bill

HB 1973                

Sponsor: Representative Wiemann           

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This bill would allow factory farms to place, cause, or permit to be placed, any water contaminant such as manure in a location where it is reasonably certain to cause pollution of any waters of the state.

UPDATE:  Amended to Diminish Pollution by Factory Farms

Usurps the Right of Animal Welfare Organizations to Advocate for Animals and to Educate Law     Enforcement on Animal Cruelty & Neglect Laws

POLICE DOGS

SB 716                   

Sponsor: Senator Eigel           

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

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

UPDATE:  Passed Committee - Awaiting Floor Debate in Senate

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.

UPDATE:  Died in Committee

SB 797  and SB 662               

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger          

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

Among other things, this bill places the Department of Agriculture in charge of all animal welfare groups in reference to the training they perform regarding the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) and the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act for law enforcement personnel. This bill would give the state veterinarian authority over training performed by animal welfare organizations on laws protecting animals in puppy mills. This is an attempt to prevent law enforcement from being educated on our laws to protect animals. It would allow for regulations to be implemented that would allow "state monitors" in classrooms across the state to control how animal welfare groups advocate for animals. This is GOVERNMENT OVERREACH at its worst.

UPDATE:  Passed Committee - Awaiting Floor Debate in Senate

HB 2359                 

Sponsor: Representative Sommers          

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

This bill allows the Court to order psychological or psychiatric evaluation and treatment for individuals who abuse animals. It also provides immunity to any person, including a veterinarian, teacher and school personnel, who reports animal abuse to a law enforcement agency. 

UPDATE:  No Hearing to Date

HB1910                  

Sponsor: Representative Brattin          

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

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

UPDATE:  No Hearing to Date

FARM ANIMALS

Allows Factory Farms to Pollute

Usurps the Right of Animal Welfare Organizations to Advocate for Animals and to Educate Law     Enforcement on Animal Cruelty & Neglect Laws

 Prevents Municipalities from Prohibiting Animal Exploitation

 Increases Penalties for Animal Abuse

Allows Factory Farms to Pollute

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). 

UPDATE:  No Hearing to Date

 Prevents Municipalities From Regulating Working and Performance Animals

 Protects the Environment from Factory Farms

 Allows Animals to be Placed on Domestic Orders of Protection

 Prohibits Counties from Regulating Waste from Factory Farms