Update: April 28 at 10:10 a.m.: Governor Nixon has signed into law a bill rewriting a voter-approved law on dog-breeding operations in Missouri. The Governor took that action last night after lawmakers approved a new version of the law. The action began yesterday when Nixon signed a previously-passed bill repealing key sections of the voter-approved proposition b.As part of a compromise among state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups, lawmakers quickly agreed to amend their original bill with additional changes. The voter-approved limit of 50 breeding dogs per business is now repealed and many of the original dog-care provisions will be replaced. The new law gives dog breeders more time to comply with requirements for animal housing.Governor Nixon said, "For existing breeding facilities, the Missouri Solution doubles the amount of space that must be required for each dog as of January 2012, and it triples the amount of space that must be provided after January 2016. For all new facilities, the requirements are tripled immediately.
The new law goes into effect immediately.
Update: April 27 at 4:50 p.m.: State lawmakers have approved changes to the state's dog breeding regulations in a deal with Gov. Jay Nixon.This morning, Nixon signed a repeal of Prop B, the state-voted puppy mill law. Last week, animal advocates and state-based agriculture wrote a compromise for Prop B.The compromise now heads to Gov. Nixon's desk.The Senate approved the compromise by a vote of 24 to 10. Update: April 27 at 3:50 p.m.:
The Missouri House has approved additional changes to the state's dog breeding regulations in a deal with Gov. Jay Nixon to sign separate legislation repealing key parts of last year's voter-approved law.
House members endorsed the new bill Wednesday shortly after Nixon signed another bill rolling back parts requirements in the voter-backed law.
The new legislation would give breeders more time to comply with expanded housing requirements for their dogs. It also addresses veterinary care requirements.
Nixon's administration brokered a deal over breeding regulations with state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups.
The House voted 108-42 to approve legislation needed for that agreement. The measure was added by the House to a separate Senate bill, meaning the Senate must decide whether to accept the changes or request negotiations. Update: April 27 at 12:30 p.m.: Governor Nixon released the following statement regarding his signature of the repeal on Prop B, or the puppy mill law: I am extremely pleased that agriculture and animal welfare groups from across our state have worked together to reach a Missouri solution to this complex issue" Nixon said. "The Missouri solution upholds the will of the voters by protecting the welfare of dogs, while also ensuring the future of Missouri agriculture. I look forward to having the Missouri solution, Senate Bill 161, on my desk as soon as possible.Original Story:Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation repealing part of a voter-approved dog law in an agreement with lawmakers to consider more changes to breeder regulations.
Nixon signed the legislation Wednesday. It eliminates a cap of 50 breeding dogs and rolls back various requirements on dogs' living conditions. In the changed version, breeders would need to provide appropriate space for dogs based on regulations set by the Department of Agriculture. In addition, operators would pay more for licenses and help finance a program that crack down on unlicensed breeders. Earlier this month, the House and Senate approved the revision that Nixon signed Wednesday.
Nixon's administration has also brokered a deal with state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups to make more changes to the ballot measure passed by voters last November. The House could consider that legislation this week. It would give dog breeders more time to comply with expanded housing requirements.Republicans last week urged the Governor to sign the bill, then later work on a compromise.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)