SB356, a bill containing Rep. Loehner’s “right to raise livestock” language and setting up the
Puppy Protection Trust Fund (a $1 tax refund check-off to be distributed to the Missouri
Department of Agriculture for enforcement), was passed by the House with a vote of 108-38.
SB356 went to conference and it will be presented to the Governor.
Prop B Used as Punching Bag during Debate, Initiative Changes Blocked
Proposition B was repeatedly targeted during debate on HJR16, a bill that would have required
signatures to be collected in every congressional district in the state instead of in only 2/3 of the districts and changed the percentage required in each district. Proponents of the bill argued that it is far too easy to pass initiatives now, saying that out-of-state interests who have enough money can effectively buy a constitutional amendment. Senators Nieves and Engler pointed to Proposition B as an example of how the current system can be used to pass an initiative with limited geographic support and said that requiring petitions to be distributed in every district would assure
legislation would be more representative of the state as a whole. The bill is effectively dead, as
an amendment by Senator Jolie Justus and the ensuing filibuster prompted Senate leadership to move on. [Engler is the senator who told a reporter that voters didn’t know what they were voting on when passing Prop B.] I can assure you Senator that we will know what we are voting on next election as well. Hope you can sleep at night knowing that thousands upon thousands of PUPPY MILL DOGS will continue to suffer thanks to you and your gang of backwoods, hillbilly, stuck in the cave man mood.
HJR3 is Dead
HJR3 was unable to pass during the last week of session as legislators scrambled to pass many
pieces of high-priority legislation at the last minute. It was put on the informal calendar in the Senate and not brought up for debate.