Mo. Senate looks to undo Prop B puppy mill bill

The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to undo Proposition B which was approved by Missouri voters last November. That's the law that put restrictions on the dog breeding industry in Missouri.

A bill given first-round approval Tuesday would lift a limit of 50 dogs per breeder, which is scheduled to take effect later this year with the rest of the new law. It also would roll back provisions regulating water bowls and living conditions for dogs.

Proposition B targets large dog breeding operations with criminal penalties for violating tightly-defined conditions for the breeding environment. But some believe it could do much more.

Kermit Miller with KRCG brought us more on this story from Jefferson City.

He tells us that Senate detractors were subdued. One critic sought only to clarify that legal action would not have to begin with the Department of Agriculture.

"I don't want there to be a trigger that the director has to request that that action take place," said Democrat Jolie Justice of Kansas City. "I'd like the county attorney to be able to bring that on his or her own."

Justus suggested putting the question back on the ballot, but that was voted down. Parsons says the breeding industry supports his plan to boost licensing fees to as much as $2500, to provide for more state inspectors.

Skeptics like Howell County Republican Chuck Purgason want to be sure that's the only way that money can be used. "I don't what that dog breeding money to go to the Ag Department to fund an ethanol program."

The bill still needs a formal roll call vote before moving on to the House.

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