The proposed right-to-farm constitutional amendment has been revived in the Missouri legislature after it stalled in the Missouri Senate earlier this week.
Kansas City Senator Jolie Justus had helped block the bill saying it needed to not only give farmers the right to farm but give local governments the authority to act on health, safety and environmental issues related to farming and ranching. Now, she’s working to get that back into the proposal.
“Constitutionally we’ve set up political subdivisions under Article Six, so why don’t we refer to those in this thing and then have a streamlined sentence that basically says, ‘anything that the local political subdivisions already have they will continue to have,” says Senator Justus.
The bill has been sent back to a conference committee to add the local-control language.
Senate sponsor of the right to farm measure, Mike Parson, says that change can get the bill to next year’s ballot. If it passes in the remaining week of the legislative session, the amendment will go before Missouri voters in 2014.
~Missourinet News Director Bob Priddy contributed to this report~