FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 205
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES REIBOLDT (Sponsor), SMITH (120), LANT, WILSON, LOVE, KELLEY (127), WIELAND, SPENCER, HANSEN AND WALKER (Co-sponsors).
0133H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 262, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the right to raise domesticated animals.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 262, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 262.005, to read as follows:
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 persons 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:
(1) "Generally accepted scientific principles", agricultural standards and practices established by the University of Missouri, and the most current industry standards and practices;
(2) "Humane manner", care of livestock regarding the livestock's health and environment in compliance with generally accepted scientific principles;
(3) "Undue economic burden", expenses incurred resulting from changes in agricultural practices deemed legal under current state or local laws or ordinances.