Agricultural & Animal Law

CCS#2/HCS/SCS/SB 9 – Affects laws relating to violations of the Missouri livestock disease control and eradication law, foreign business ownership of agricultural land, and stealing of livestock.
 
Specifies that a person will be guilty of animal neglect if he or she has custody, ownership, or both and fails to provide adequate care.

Creates the crime of animal trespass if a person having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate control for a period equal to or exceeding twelve hours. The first conviction for animal trespass is an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars. The second and subsequent convictions are a Class C misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars.

Specifies that a person is guilty of animal abuse if a person having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate control that results in substantial harm to the animal. (Vetoed 7/2/13)

SB 16 – Exempts farm work performed by children under the age of 16 from certain child labor requirements including: the obtaining of a work certificate; hours/days of performance; and certain prohibited hazardous jobs. This exemption only applies to children working on their own family farms and, when with the knowledge and consent of their parents, the family farms of others. (Signed 5/10/13)

CCS/SCS/SB 33 – Provides that persons with mental disabilities shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide, hearing, or service dog in certain these places without being required to pay an extra charge, provided that such person shall be liable for any damages done to the premises or facilities by such dog. Modifies the definition of “service dog” and provides that a member of a service dog team as defined in the act has the right to be accompanied by the dog while the dog is in training and shall be liable for any damages to a facility caused by the dog training. The provisions of this act shall not exceed the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Signed 6/12/13)

SB 329 – Expands the definition of eggs from only chicken eggs to also include turkey, duck, goose, or guinea eggs that are intended for human consumption. (Signed 5/10/13)

CCS/HCS/SB 342 – Makes changes in statutes relating to the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority, alien or foreign business ownership of agricultural land, liquefied petroleum gas, the Missouri wood energy producer tax credit, motor fuel tax, University of Missouri extension districts, Missouri international agricultural exchange website, clean water law, and mining near an accredited school in Cape Girardeau. (Vetoed 7/2/13)

SS/SCS/HCS/HB 28 – Allows domestic household animals to be off–leash in any designated area within any state park serving as a dog park or other off-leash area. (Signed 7/12/13)

SS/SCS/HB 542 – Expands the definition of eggs from only chicken eggs to also include turkey, duck, goose, or guinea eggs that are intended for human consumption.
Allows a person or organization to submit to any incorporated municipality an application to develop an urban agricultural zone on a blighted area of land. St. Charles County is exempted from this section.
Also includes provisions relating to violations of the Missouri livestock disease control and eradication law and agricultural weights and measures.
Modifies the fee for inspection and calibration services.
Other changes affect loans issued by the Missouri agricultural and small business development authority and flush system animal waste wet handling facilities. (Signed 7/2/13)

CCS#2/SS/HCS/HJRs 11 & 7 – Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment affirms the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices.