First, a pretty good idea that is not really likely to pass in this session.

HB 1004: Establishes the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act to prohibit cruel large-scale commercial breeding of dogs that is harmful and unhealthy for the dogs

Sponsor: Low, Beth (39)

CoSponsor: Kratky, Michele (65) ……….etal.

Being the biggest puppy mill state in the Union is not really a source of pride. Especially when one considers the conditions involved in these mills. Considering that at least one big group would oppose a bill like this, i’m not betting on 1004 in this session.

And a bill slightly more likely to pass

HB 1011: Allows any winery, distiller, manufacturer, wholesaler or brewer to provide beverage samples on a licensed retail premises for tasting purposes

Sponsor: Loehner, Tom (112)

Once upon a time, we had a pretty prominent wine industry here, then Prohibition was passed (Missouri never passed prohibition via a vote, but ratified it via legislature in 1919). Then Missouri was one of the quicker states in repealing prohibition via state convention in 1933. I’ll defer to those who drink alcohol on the logistics/logic of free wine samples.