Prop B Decision Postponed

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's House had an opportunity to give first round approval Tuesday to a bill to roll back parts of Proposition B. But, the vote will have to wait. Sedalia Republican Stanley Cox said his party's leaders gave him time today to discuss his bill.

But ultimately, lawmakers delayed a vote. Cox said the House could reconsider a vote later this week or in two weeks, when lawmakers come back from spring break. The bill would repeal many of the restrictions voters approved last year with Proposition B. Cox's bill lifts the 50-dog limit for each breeder. The Senate has already passed similar legislation. Cox said his bill and the Senate bill are similar and he'll be happy if lawmakers approve either one.

"Some of the amendments we took up today really are amendments incorporating some of the language of the Senate bill because we like that as well," Cox said.

Democrats in both the House and Senate said Republicans should listen to the will of the voters. The issue has packed hearing rooms this session, as animal rights activists and dog breeders come to speak up.