Agricultural & Animal Law
HB 1194 – Agricultural crimes. Changes the laws regarding agricultural crimes, including crimes of stealing fuel from a storage container; defines trespasser as a person who enters the property of another without permission, without an invitation (express or implied), regardless of whether actual notice was given or the land was posted with signs or markings;specifies that a possessor of real property owes no duty of care to a trespasser, in certain circumstances, except to refrain from harming the trespasser by intentional, willful or wanton act, and allows the possessor to use justifiable force to repel a trespasser; changes the crime of trespass from a class B misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor; changes the crime of false impersonation from a class B misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor, unless the offender is impersonating a law enforcement officer, which is a class C felony.Redraft to conform to bar's Criminal Code revision.
HB 1195 – Agricultural crimes. Changes the laws regarding agricultural crimes. Prohibits any person from attempting by means of a threat or violence to deter or prevent an inspector, agent or other employee of the Department of Agriculture from performing his or her duties;prohibits a person from impersonating an inspector, agent or employee of the Department of Agriculture.
HCS HB 1298 & 1180 – Joint and several liability and Agritourism. Changes the laws regarding a defendant’s liability in a tort action by eliminating joint and several liability and establishes the Agritourism Promotion Act.
HB 1413 – Service animals. Changes the laws regarding injury or death to a service dog and harassing a service dog.
HB 1432 – Service animals. Adds professional therapy dog to the definition of “service dog” as it relates to crimes against these animals or crimes of impersonating a disabled person.
HB 1436/SB 809 – Service animals. Adds an individual with mental disabilities to the list of people who must be afforded the same rights as those without disabilities in public places and the right to be accompanied by a service dog.
HCS HB 1444 – Confiscation of animals. Changes the laws regarding the confiscation of animals. Among other provisions, removes a public health official from the individuals authorized to seek a warrant to enter property for the purpose of inspecting, caring for or impounding neglected or abused animals; specifies that no animal may be sterilized before completion of a hearing on the confiscation; specifies that all animals impounded must receive proper care as determined by state law and regulations; specifies that any person or entity that euthanizes or sterilizes an animal prior to a hearing or during any period for which a reasonable bond was secured for care of the animal will be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
HB 1681– Assault on a police animal. Increases the penalty for the crime of assault on a police animal from a class C misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor.
SB 491 – Ethanol-blended fuel. Modifies provisions pertaining to the Missouri Farmland Trust and ethanol-blended motor fuel.
SB 552 – Veterinarian malpractice. Adds veterinarians to the statute of limitations for medical malpractice actions against certain healthcare providers.
SB 566 – Rabies vaccinations. Requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies.
SB 738 – Mountain lions. Allows the killing of mountain lions in the state; the killing of a mountain lion must be reported to the Department of Conservation and the animal’s body must be turned in to the department within24 hours.
SB 850 – Confiscation of animals. Prohibits sterilization and disposition of seized or confiscated animals until the outcome of charges against the animals’ owner have been determined.
SB 903 – Dog fighting. Among other provisions, requires a hearing within 30 days of a seizure of a dog due to a dog fighting violation; requires that a seized dog be placed in the care of a veterinarian, animal shelter or animal control; states that if such caretakers are not available, the dog shall not be impounded unless diseased or disabled, and may be euthanized if a veterinarian determined the dog is beyond recovery; states that no person who lawfully seizes a dog shall be liable for necessary property damage.