Jason Smith's own Personal Interest in Proposition B

The legislation I talked about in the last article, HJR 17, is sponsored by Representative Jason Smith.

If you attended the House meetings on Proposition B bills in the last few weeks, you probably witnessed Representative Smith's aggressive grilling of those testifying for Proposition B. Though not part of the committee holding the hearings, Representative Smith attended as an Ex-officio member based on his position as Majority Whip.

What you might not know, because he did not state this during the hearing, is that Jason Smith has a personal axe to grind about Proposition B.

Public Hearing on Freedom in Agricultural Act

A public hearing will be held on HJR 17, the so-called Freedom in Agriculture Act on February 15th, at 8 am in House Hearing Room 7.

As the Sheriden Express newspaper recently noted, this is also another indirect attack on Proposition B. What this Act states is that the citizens could no longer bring about any initiative related to animals. This includes anything related to hunting, fishing, livestock, and even domestic pets, such as cats and dogs.

Updates on District Counts

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation (MAAL) has posted its own list of Proposition B votes by Senate district. It's also in the process of posting the same vote distribution for the House of Representative districts, but you can see the list now, at the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

From the data, it looks like the folks went to each individual district and were able to get actual vote percentages. This would make their efforts more accurate than my own, which are based more on analysis of population density and vote comparison with surrounding counties than actual counts. However, the differences between the two sets of figures are small.

No love for puppies from Missouri Senate on Valentine's Day

The Senate agricultural approved bill to gut Proposition B, the combined SB 113 and SB 95, is up for perfection, which means debate on the Senate floor, Monday, February 14th.

Yes, the Missouri agribusiness sponsored representatives are moving quickly—trying to steal our vote before most of the people of Missouri are aware of what's happening. With all the other contentious actions happening in Missouri—including several other bills that seem to be based on overriding the people—the agricultural committee is probably hoping their actions to gut Proposition B fly under the radar.

I do know that what's happening with Proposition B has not received the notice from the mainstream media it should be getting. Perhaps because so many of the TV news shows are sponsored in part by the big agribusiness concern, Monsanto.

Tony Speaks and House Meets

Another meeting on the House anti-Proposition B bill HB 131 will be held Tuesday, February 15th at 12pm in House Hearing Room 6. The meeting is an executive session, where those rascally representatives see how they can contrive to gut Proposition B but only make it seem as if they're making minor modifications.

HB 131 not only removes all the provisions of Proposition B, it also redefines it so that the remaining scraps of text only apply to breeders with over 100 dogs. I just hope the representatives' agribusiness masters give them their treats, pat them on the head for a job well done.

That's a good Representative! Good rep! Want me to scratch your belly now?

A glimmer of light is seen, though, and the color of the light is red. Cardinal red, to be exact.

Another "while you were snowbound" agricultural committee public hearing

Though not related to Proposition B ("What? You mean the Missouri state legislature has been working on other legislation!?"), Show Me Progress points out that the House agricultural committee also held another "public meeting" on yet another travesty of a bill: HB 209.

What HB 209 does is limit the actions on the part of those who are neighbors to a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feed Operations) if the CAFO creates a public nuisance.

While you were snowbound

We commend the state representatives for slogging along, right in the middle of one of the worst winter storms to hit Missouri in years. On February 2nd, our intrepid representatives managed to hold together long enough to refer HB 281 and HB 332 to the agricultural committee. In addition, the House agricultural committee also held public meetings on HB 100, which basically denies the ability to create any new agricultural regulations, and HJR 3, which would disallow any future citizen initiatives having to do with livestock, including pet animal breeders.

Openness

The current Proposition B debate in the state legislature has not been a demonstration of openness in government. As I highlighted earlier, the Missouri Senate Agricultural committee has passed a bill to send to the Senate floor that states it's only a modification, when in actually it completely guts Proposition B. It would have been more honest and straight forward just to come to the floor with a repeal.

Now it's the House turn, and I don't hold out hope for openness in this part of the General Assembly. Of the bills proposed, one grandfathers all existing breeders, whether they're bad or not; others seek to repeal Propostion B—either openly, or in the same underhanded manner displayed so blatantly by the Missouri Senate.

Madonna of the Mills

A friend pointed out a new documentary, Madonna of the Mills. It's about Laura Flynn Amato's mission to save dogs from puppy mills.

The trailer demonstrates the problems associated with large scale commercial dog breeding. At one point in the movie, the camera shows a poor retriever, who turns and looks at the camera, and then turns away in an attitude of despair and dejection.

More Back Door Legislative Moves

Tomorrow is going to be a nasty day, weather wise and in the state legislature.

Two bills are doing to be discussed in public meetings: hJR 3 and HB 100.

HJR 3 wants to put a bill on the ballot to vote on a Constitutional amendment to ensure that no other citizen initiative that's related to animal breeding be allowed in the future.

HB 100 adds a new statue that reads:

262.005. 1. Agriculture which provides food, energy, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri's economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri's economy, it shall be the right of citizens to raise livestock in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on livestock owners.

2. As used in this section, the following terms shall mean:

Pages

Subscribe to Puppies at Burningbird RSS