Proposition B that places new regulations on dog breeders was approved by voters Nov. 3, but because it is a statutory change, it can be amended by the state legislature without a vote of the people.
“We could repeal the whole process,” said Senator-elect Mike Parson, who is now 133rd District Representative. “But that’s not practical and not going to happen, probably.”
What could happen, though, are changes to some of the language in the legislation. Parson said he wants to make changes to keep from putting reputable business owners out of business. One change is to remove the limit of the number of breeding dogs allowed in a breeding facility. The legislation set the limit at 50.
“We as a state shouldn’t be setting numbers for anything, whether it’s dogs, cattle or cell phones,” Parson said. “I will do everything I can to make changes to that legislation.”
Historically, the legislature has not amended statutory changes approved by voters because they do not want to go against the opinion of a majority of voters. While Parson said he does agree with that philosophy, he said this legislation is different.
“We had people from out-of-state fund a $6 million advertising campaign to give false information to people to pass this,” he said. “If this was a voter-initiated petition, that’s one thing. They took an emotional hot-button issue of animal abuse. In that legislation, you give more rights to animals than people.”
Sue Entlicher, Representative-elect for the 133rd District, said the legislature needs to look at making some changes.
“I think it needs a second look,” she said. “In this county alone, we have so many dog breeders.”
Mike Kelley, Representative-elect for the 126th District, wants changes made.
“I believe an outright repeal of Proposition B is unlikely in that it might trigger a veto from Governor [Jay] Nixon,” he wrote in a Prop B discussion board on his Facebook page. “I do think there are some areas which could be tweaked, such as the 50 dog limit and mandatory veterinary care for minor issues.”
The provisions of the proposition are to become effective Nov. 3, 2011.