Missouri Farmers Care Applauds Signing of Senate 631
Missouri Farmers Care applauds Governor Jay Nixon for signing Senate Bill 631, a bill sponsored by Senator Mike Parson that held many priorities for Missouri agriculture.
"Senate Bill 631 is a critical piece of legislation for Missouri agriculture," Missouri Farmers Care Chairman and Missouri Pork Association Executive Vice President Don Nikodim said. "This bill both promotes and protects agriculture, the number one industry of our state. We are pleased that Governor Nixon and legislative leaders like Senator Parson can cross party lines to do what's right."
Among the components of Senate Bill 631 are a requirement that any videotape evidence of animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 24 hours, enabling legislation allowing FFA chapters to form in private schools at no public expense, technical changes to Missouri's Grain Dealer Law, and changes to load limits on roadways that will benefit farmers.
"Requiring videotape evidence of animal abuse to be turned over to law enforcement within 24 hours is an important step in the right direction," Missouri Cattlemen's Association President Lonny Duckworth said. "This is a commonsense law that is good for our animals and our farmers and ranchers. If abuse does in fact occur it needs to be dealt with immediately instead of being sensationalized months later as a fundraising tool for extremist animal rights groups like HSUS, PETA, and others."
Senator Mike Parson sponsored the bill and added that "Missouri agriculture transcends party lines. As a former law enforcement officer and a cattleman I was proud to carry this legislation and I look forward to continue working on ways to protect and advance Missouri agriculture."
Senate Bill 631 passed both chambers of the legislature by wide margins. Handled in the House by Rep. Bill Reiboldt, Senate Bill 631 passed the Missouri House of Representatives 127 yes to 19 no and the Missouri Senate passed the bill 24 yes to 6 no.
"I want to thank Governor Nixon for once again standing up for Missouri agriculture," Missouri Farmers Care Treasurer and Missouri Soybean Association CEO Dale Ludwig said. "Agriculture is vital to our state's economy and legislation like Senate Bill 631 is needed to keep our number one industry moving forward."