Legislators React To Prop B Compromise

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JEFFERSON CITY - The debate over the currently titled Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act continued Tuesday after legislators learned of a new agreement announced by Governor Nixon.  On Monday, Nixon introduced a compromise made between advocacy groups from both sides of the issue. This new deal competes with the current passed legislation, senate bill 113 that finally made it to Nixon's desk on Monday. And many legislators, the ones who will actually vote, said they know little to nothing about the compromise.

"That's been the question all over the capitol, 'what was the compromise?'" Republican Senator Mike Parson from Bolivar said.

The new agreement has stricter living, veterinarian car and space requirements than Senate Bill 113.  However, it also gives breeders till 2016 to adjust to the changes. Dog breeder, Dave Miller, from Neosho said he's willing to make that compromise since the deal also gets rid of Prop B constraints like the 50 breeding dog limit.

"It feels good to know that we know what we got to do to make things work," Miller said. "We feel pretty comfortable."

Parson, who sponsors the bill sitting on Nixon's desk, said if this is what the groups want then he's not going to stand in the way.  His biggest concern is the time constraints.  With only 3 weeks left in session, the compromise will have to move quickly through the legislative process.

"It's worth the effort to try and get it done, but you know the thing you have to look at though is you still have Senate Bill 113 and we're short time in the legislative process so for that to happen everybody will have to work tremendously hard to get it through that process," Parson said.

Senate Bill 113 can wait on Nixon's desk for 15 legislative days, leading right up to the close of the session. If Nixon does not veto or sign the bill then it will go into law after those 15 days. 

Nixon's spokesperson Scott Holste refused an on-camera interview. But, he told KOMU Nixon does not have any intention to sign or veto Senate Bill 113. Instead, Holste said Nixon hopes the new deal supersedes the one on his desk. Holste said the governor's office hopes to find a bill sponsor and introduce the bill by the end of the week.