SB 797 / SB 662                

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger 

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS 

Among other things, this bill placed 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.

HB 1945                      

Sponsor: Representative Anderson            

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:  BILL DID NOT PASS

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.

HB 1614                  

Sponsor: Representative Reiboldt              

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill prohibited county commissioners and county health boards from regulating the disposal of waste from factory farms. This legislation, if passed, would have resulted in the pollution of streams, waterways, as well as neighboring public and private property. 

HB 716                  

Sponsor: Representative Brattin            

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill increased the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement animal to a Class A Misdemeanor.

SB 782                   

Sponsor: Senator Cunningham             

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:AMENDED

This was an omnibus bill that contained the same language as SB 823. Amended to diminish pollution by factory farms.

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

POLICE DOGS

CRUELTY & ABUSE

HB 1649                 

Sponsor: Representative Cornejo            

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill increased the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement animal to a Class A Misdemeanor.

HB 1907                     

Sponsor: Representative Spencer         

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS 

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

COMPANION ANIMALS

 Allows Factory Farms to Pollute

HB 2359                    

Sponsor: Representative Sommers      

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS 

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

SB 716                  

Sponsor: Senator Eigel            

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill increased the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement animal to a Class A Misdemeanor.

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

 Allows Animals to be Placed on Domestic Orders of Protection

 Allows Factory Farms to Pollute

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

2018 Legislation

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

SB 823                   

Sponsor: Senator Schatz             

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill would have allowed 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.

SB 918                     

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger         

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS 

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

 Eliminates Authority of Counties to Regulate Factory Farms

SB 817                      

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger             

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:  BILL DID NOT PASS

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.

 Provides Protection for Police Dogs

HB 1480                 

Sponsor: Representative Love            

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

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 Prohibiting Animal Exploitation

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

 Provides Penalties for Failure to Control Dogs

HB 1286                    

Sponsor: Representative Engler            

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill would have prohibited lawsuits against factory farms for air, water, and waste pollution. This provision was successfully amended out of the legislation.

 Allows Factory Farms to Pollute

Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation

                 

Protect. Advocate. Legislate.

HB 1418                      

Sponsor: Representative Burnett          

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill increases the penalty for animal abuse from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class E Felony.

 Prevents Municipalities From Prohibiting Animal Exploitation

 Protects Factory Farms from Lawsuits for Pollution

 Increases Penalty for Animal Abuse

 Allows Animals to be Placed on Domestic Orders of Protection

HB 1973                  

Sponsor: Representative Wiemann           

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill would have allowed 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.

 Prohibits Counties from Regulating Waste from Factory Farms

HB 1398                     

Sponsor: Representative DeGroot            

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED WITH AMENDMENT

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

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.

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

HB 1615                      

Sponsor: Representative Reiboldt              

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Result: BILL DID NOT PASS

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

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

HB 1355                 

Original Sponsor: Representative Phillips - later handled by Senator Schatz    

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS 

Representative Phillip's legislation concerned an issue with retired police officers. After passing the House of Representatives, his bill was then amended into an Omnibus Crime Bill by Senator Schatz. Among other bills, Senator Schatz amended onto HB 1355 the language that was in HB 1828 which would regulate how animal welfare organizations advocate for animals with law enforcement agencies. 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.

HB 2374                     

Sponsor: Representative Gregory        

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS 

This bill would have afforded 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.

HB 627                  

Sponsor: Senator Munzlinger            

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Result:AMENDED

This bill contained the same language as HB 1614 which prohibited county commissioners and county health boards from regulating the disposal of waste from factory farms. Amended to preserve all current regulations on factory farms and to allow future efforts to minimize pollution from factory farms.

 Prohibits Counties from Regulating Waste from Factory Farms

HCB 16                  

Sponsor: Representative Houghton     

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS 

This was an omnibus bill that contained language from HB 1828. It also contained language that sought to restrict the marketing of plant based and cultured grown meat.

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

HB 1850                  

Sponsor: Representative McCreery             

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Result:BILL DID NOT PASS

This bill would have increased membership in the Clean Water Commission in order to provide better oversight of factory farms. 

 Protects the Environment From Factory Farms

HB 1828                 

Sponsor: Representative Houghton  

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

RESULT: BILL DID NOT PASS 

Among other things, this bill placed 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.

FARM ANIMALS

 Eliminates Breed Specific Ordinances Including Spay/Neuter Ordinances