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Most of Prop B Would Be Stripped Away By MO Bill

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -  A Missouri House committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would take away much of a dog-breeding law approved by voters in November.

The House Agriculture Policy Committee unanimously backed the bill, which would remove requirements that dogs be given clean water, time to rest between breeding cycles and a certain amount of space to move within their cages.

The bill also would lift a provision that limited dog breeders from owning more than 50 dogs
for breeding purposes.

Proposition B passed in November with 51.6 percent of the statewide vote, due largely to a strong showing in urban areas that overcame opposition across most of the rest of state.

At least 15 bills have been filed in the House and the Senate this year to repeal the law or change several of its provisions.
A Senate committee last month also endorsed a bill to remove the 50-dog limit and give licensed dog breeders up to 180 days to correct serious violations before they are charged with any crime.

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