Missouri bill to switch oversight of deer farms returns
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would shift regulation of farm-raised deer to state agriculture officials.
Republican Sen. Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown recently refiled a bill to define farmed deer as livestock instead of as wildlife.
The measure failed after it was combined with other agricultural proposals last session. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill because of the captive deer provision.
Legislative leaders have said they plan to address agriculture measures individually instead of as a package to avoid another veto.
If passed, the deer-farming bill would allow farmers to sell the animals' meat, which wouldn't be subject to sales taxes.
Farms couldn't keep more than seven deer per acre of land and would be subject to annual inspections by the Department of Agriculture.
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