Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Missouri Prop B Compromise Already in Trouble

The ink is barely dry from the press release from the Governor's office about his proposed compromise on Missouri's Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, and already the proposed measure is in trouble.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's compromise would strengthen current commercial dog breeding laws, but take out portions of Prop B which was passed by a majority of Missouri voters in November.  According to his office, his compromise measure was supported by advocates on both sides of the issue.

Last night more than 60 lawmakers from the House and Senate, as well as members of the agriculture industry, sent a letter to the Governor telling him they want him to sign SB 113 which would essentially repeal Prop B.

Governor Nixon's compromise has not even been introduced yet and must travel through both houses of the Missouri legislature before the legislative session ends on May 13.  Otherwise Nixon must sign SB 113 or veto it.  

It's not looking good.  Among those signing the letter urging Nixon to gut Prop B is House Speaker Steve Tilley.  Tilly controls the flow of legislation in the Missouri House.

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