Panel Backs Changes to Mo. Farm Lawsuits Bill
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri House committee has endorsed a revised version of a bill to limit nuisance lawsuits against farms and agricultural businesses. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a previous version of the measure Monday, but he also detailed potential areas of compromise.
The House agribusiness committee voted Tuesday to advance a version addressing some of Nixon's objections. The new version specifies that the legislation's limitation applies only to
agricultural nuisance lawsuits and allows for punitive damages in those lawsuits, Plaintiffs would also be able recover damages for crop losses or medical harm caused by agricultural nuisances.
The measure retains a limit on the number of times people can file nuisance lawsuits over such issues as foul odors from large hog farms. Lawmakers have until May 13 to send the revised bill to Nixon.