House Committee approves bill changing Prop B

Dog lovers bombarded the Missouri Capitol Wednesday in hopes of changing some minds.

People who support Proposition B, known as the puppy mill law, were lobbying lawmakers who want to change or repeal the voter-approved law.

Some legislators say the voters were mislead. Supporters of the law don't see it that way.

The Missouri Humane Society's Barbara Schmitz said, "We're trying to urge lawmakers to respect the will of the voters. We're very concerned that there is legislation pending here in the state of Missouri that would overturn or weaken Proposition B. So we're actively engaged in trying to get lawmakers to respect the voters wishes."

Opponents of Proposition B say it's putting small business owners out of business. Denise Edgar is a small business owner from St. Louis, she is in favor of keeping Proposition B, "I'm a small business owner and I know every year I make whatever changes I have to make to stay in business.

House Committee has passed a bill to overturn important provisions in Prop. B and the full house is expected to discuss and vote on the bill as early as next week.

Update: 2-16-2010, 6:00 p.m

In November, voters passed Proposition B, a dog-breeding bill. On Tuesday, a Missouri House committee advanced a bill that would strip most of the law away.

Proposition B put limits on the number of dogs breeders could own, and required that dogs have a certain amount of space, clean water and time between breeding cycles. The bill before the House Agriculture Policy Committee deletes both of those requirements and renames the law to the Dog Breeders Cruelty Prevention Act.

Some wanted the bill repealed all together, but legislatures are working to only repeal parts of the law.

The Humane Society of the United States urged the legislature to let the voters TM voices be heard.

"Prop B is an effort to enhance the standards to have better treatments for dogs in Missouri. Missouri has 3,000 puppy mills churning out forty percent of all dogs in the pet trade in this country," Pacelle said in September. "This is an opportunity for people of Missouri to take a stand for the humane treatment for animals."

A Senate panel also gave the go-ahead for the modifications to Prop B.

In January, the panel approved a bill similar to the one currently in the House.

Both bills will be heard before their entire respective legislative bodies in the coming weeks.Do you think the law voters passed in November should be changed by the state legislature? Are you in favor of stricter regulations on dog breeders in Missouri?(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)