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Senate rewrites "puppy mill' law

Senate rewrites "puppy mill' law

March 11th, 2011 in News

With 61,680 votes to spare out of just over 1.934 million cast, Missourians last November passed the Proposition B "puppy mill" law by a 51.6 percent margin.

On Thursday morning, with six votes to spare out of 34 cast, the Missouri Senate approved and sent to the House a major rewrite of that law.

"The Senate decided to defy the will of the voters and to dismantle Proposition B provision by provision, dealing a blow to the welfare of dogs and also to the democratic process in Missouri," Barbara Schmitz, the Missouri state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said in a news release.

The HSUS was a major sponsor of Proposition B, helping write the law and circulate petitions to get the issue on the Nov. 2 ballot.

But several senators said during the debate and after the vote that Proposition B had presented some legal problems.