HB 59                    

Sponsor: Representative Bangert            

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED 

Final Outcome:  FAILED

This bill would provide immunity from civil liability for persons who render assistance to animals trapped in motor vehicles.

SB 416            

Sponsor: Senator Bernskoetter           

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Final Outcome:  DEFEATED

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 used in entertainment.  It jeopardizes all local ordinances including zoning ordinances on dog breeding facilities.  While this bill is intended to allow carriage horse operators to operate without any oversight it also eliminates regulations on all working animals if such regulations are considered a "financial hardship" by the animal user.  This bill is similar to HB 559.

HB 370                 

Sponsor: Representative Gregory           

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Final Outcome:  FAILED

This bill 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.

COMPANION ANIMALS

FARM ANIMALS

HB 559                

Sponsor: Representative  Spencer         

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Final Outcome:  DEFEATED

How Your Legislators Voted

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 used in entertainment.  It jeopardizes all local ordinances including zoning ordinances on dog breeding facilities.  While this bill is intended to allow carriage horse operators to operate without any oversight it also eliminates regulations on all working animals if such regulations are considered a "financial hardship" by the animal user. 

 Increases Penalty for Animal Abuse

To see the results of this year's legislative session, click on the actual bills and in some specific bills, how the legislators voted:

 Increases Penalty for Animal Abuse and Establishes an Animal Abuse Registry 

CRUELTY & ABUSE

 Animals in Hot Cars

HB 43                     

Sponsor: Representative Burnett             

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Final Outcome: FAILED

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

 Restricts the Use of Animals in Research

 Eliminates Authority of Counties to Regulate Factory Farms

HB 204                    

Sponsor: Representative Anderson           

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Final Outcome:  DEFEATED

How Your Legislators Voted


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 115.

 Increases Penalty for Animal Abuse 

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

 Prohibits Municipalities From Banning Cruel Animal Events and From Regulating Working Animals

HB 1021            

Sponsor: Representative  Spencer         

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Final Outcome:  DEFEATED

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 used in entertainment.  It jeopardizes all local ordinances including zoning ordinances on dog breeding facilities.  While this bill is intended to allow carriage horse operators to operate without any oversight it also eliminates regulations on all working animals if such regulations are considered a "financial hardship" by the animal user.  This bill is similar to HB 559.

 Prohibits Municipalities From Banning Cruel Animal Events and From Regulating Working Animals

Protect. Advocate. Legislate.

HB 828              

Sponsor: Representative  Basye         

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Final Outcome:  FAILED

Currently, the offense of animal abuse is a class A misdemeanor unless the defendant has previously been found guilty of animal abuse or the suffering involved is the result of torture or mutilation, consciously inflicted while the animal was alive, in which case it is a class E felony. This bill enhances the penalty to a class D felony if the defendant has previously been found guilty of animal abuse.

SB 391                  

Sponsor: Senator  Bernskoetter           

Alliance Position: OPPOSED 

Final Outcome:  PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS

How Your Senator Voted

How Your House Representative Voted

This legislation denies counties the authority to regulate large factory farms.  Among other things it would prohibit County Commissioners and County Health Boards from regulating the disposal of waste from factory farms. Amendments were placed on SB 391 to offer some protections against the abuses of corporate agricultural operations. In addition, all existing county ordinances regulating factory farms are allowed to remain in place. 


SB 115                    

Sponsor: Senator Crawford           

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

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. It also eliminates the authority of animal control officers from rescuing abused and neglected animals. NOTE: This bill is identical to HB 204.

 Allows Animals to be Placed on Domestic Orders of Protection

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

 Provides Treatment for Animal Abusers

HB 934                   

Sponsor: Representative Hicks           

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED 

Final Outcome:  FAILED

This bill prohibits a public or private institution of higher education from carrying out medically unnecessary scientific or medical research on dogs or cats that would cause significant pain or distress. The bill prohibits sate funds for being used on this type of research and includes a penalty provision of up to $50,000 for each violation.

 Prohibits Counties & Municipalities From Inspecting Farms and Dog Breeding Facilities

HB 111                

Sponsor: Representative Sommers          

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Final Outcome:  FAILED

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.

 Eliminates Breed Specific Ordinances Including Spay/Neuter Ordinances

2019 Legislation

Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation

                 

 Prohibits Municipalities From Banning Cruel Animal Events and From Regulating Working Animals

HB 44                

Sponsor: Representative  Burnett         

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED

Final Outcome:  FAILED

This bill increases the penalties for animal abuse from a Misdemeanor to a Felony and creates an Animal Abuse Registry identifying all of those convicted of animal abuse.

HB 951             

Sponsor: Representative Haden           

Alliance Position: OPPOSED

Final Outcome:  DEFEATED

How Your Legislators Voted

This legislation would only allow the Missouri Department of Agriculture and U. S. Department of Agriculture to inspect and regulate farms and dog breeding operations. Many counties regulate factory farms and many counties and municipalities regulate dog breeders.  This bill would eliminate such authority and severely limit oversight of factory farms and puppy mills.   

HB 297                    

Sponsor: Representative Hicks            

Alliance Position: SUPPORTED with AMENDMENT

Final Outcome:  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 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.