Missouri Rural Crisis Center is calling on Missourians to stop this constitutional amendment:
Representative Tom Loehner has introduced House Joint Resolution 86 (HJR 86), which would change the Missouri Constitution and could have unintended and far-reaching consequences regarding local control and even our current state CAFO standards.
This Bill Could Come to the Floor Monday…
Please Call Now!!!
Please call (contact info below):
- Your Own Representative,
- Rep. Tilley, the Majority Floor Leader (the person who makes decisions about what comes to the House Floor),
- Rep. Richard, the Speaker of the House,
- Rep. Loehner, sponsor of HJR 86,
- & Any Other Representative You Have a Relationship with.
Talking Points for HJR 86 (Bill Language Below):
- HJR 86 could stop the state from regulating CAFOs. HJR 86 includes language stating that “it shall be the right of citizens to raise domesticated animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on animal owners”.
- HJR 86 could stop counties from passing health ordinances to protect their citizens from the negative impacts of industrial livestock operations. HJR 86 includes language that “No law criminalizing or otherwise regulating crops or the welfare of any domesticated animals shall be valid unless based upon generally accepted scientific principles and enacted by the general assembly”.
- HJR 86 is not simply a new law, but proposes an amendment to the Missouri State Constitution. This means that any unintended consequences of this language would be cemented into the state constitution and would over-ride any current statute or future action of the state legislature.
- Representative Loehner should change the language of HJR 86 to clarify the purpose of the bill. The current language is too broad and creates the possibility of too many far-reaching consequences for independent family farmers, local control and the ability of elected representatives to respond to the citizens of the state.
House Joint Resolution 86:
Article I, Constitution of Missouri, is amended by adding one new section, to be known as section 35, to read as follows:
Section 35. That agriculture which provides food, energy, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy, it shall be the right of citizens to raise domesticated animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on animal owners. No law criminalizing or otherwise regulating crops or the welfare of any domesticated animals shall be valid unless based upon generally accepted scientific principles and enacted by the general assembly.
Representative Tom Loehner: (573) 751-1344
Representative Steven Tilley: (573) 751-1488
Representative Ron Richard: (573) 751-2173
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