Rumblings of Missouri Prop B repeal or fix
The passage of the HSUS-backed Proposition B in Missouri is less than a week old and lawmakers and others are hinting at a possible legislative fix to thwart it. Prop B – which restricts the way professional dog breeders do business – lost by a narrow margin.
State Representative Barney Fisher, Vice Chair of the Missouri House Agri-Business Committee, says there may be some holes in Prop B. “A lot of times when issues end up on the ballot, they end up with flaws or holes and then we just have to,” says Fisher,”We just have to spend the time and effort to correct them.”
Fisher – a Republican from Richards – says lawmakers very likely will take up the Prop B issue in the next session – AND – try to keep out-of-state groups from putting proposals on the Missouri election ballot to begin with…
“Not just the General Assembly but the people of Missouri are growing a little weary of out of state groups using their influence and money coming into the state of Missouri and other states and using their money and influence to affect our elections up to and including the ballot issues, our laws and our constitution.”
Fisher says Proposition B is unnecessary.
“We’ve got plenty of law from the Animal Care Facilities Act from 1994 which created the Animal Care Facilities Division in the Missouri Department of Agriculture. And, we have plenty of law. The problem – it’s an enforcement problem.”
Fisher says the issue is unlicensed breeders in Missouri who, like meth dealers, don’t set up on the town square.
“They go try to hide out in the countryside where they can avoid detection. If it’s in somebody’s mind to violate the law they’re gonna violate the law especially if they can make money at it.”
The Missourinet contributed to this report