Veto Override Changes Animal Abuse and Neglect Laws
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an agriculture measure.
The legislation includes changes to Missouri's animal abuse and neglect law and a longer maximum prison sentence for stealing livestock. It also would replace a prohibition on foreign ownership of farmland with a 1 percent cap.
Nixon had objected to the provisions on foreign ownership and animal abuse and neglect.
The Senate voted 23-10 on Wednesday to override the veto. Later, the House voted 111-50 to override.
Proponents of the bill contend changes to the animal abuse and neglect law are needed and that tougher punishment for stealing livestock could help combat cattle rustling.