Mo. Senate Sends Nixon New Bill on Farm Lawsuits
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have passed a revised bill to restrict nuisance lawsuits against large, smelly hog farms.
The Senate voted 24-8 Tuesday to send Gov. Jay Nixon a measure limiting the money that can be awarded to neighbors who file
nuisance lawsuits against livestock and crop producers. The bill represents a compromise among Republican legislative
leaders and the Democratic governor after Nixon vetoed the original measure.
Nixon said the earlier version would have prohibited punitive damages in nuisance lawsuits against agricultural entities. He also contended it could have applied some restrictions to lawsuits over other nuisances, such as noisy neighbors.
The sponsor, Republican Sen. Brad Lager of Savannah, says Nixon has pledged to sign the latest version into law.