Nixon Vetoes Limits on Farm Lawsuits

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday aimed at limiting nuisance lawsuits against large hog farms that produce foul odors, but he indicated a willingness to work with lawmakers on a revised version.

The governor said he vetoed the bill because it limited people’s ability to win punitive damages against farms and because some provisions could have been interpreted to also apply to other types of annoying actions, such as noisy neighbors, vehicle exhaust or leaking gas tanks and oil lines.

The bill’s lead Republican sponsor said he would work with the Democratic governor’s office to address his concerns, clarify the legislation and send a revised version to Nixon before the legislative session ends May 13.

But “we’re definitely working against the clock right now,” said Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany. “It is very difficult to get
a bill through the General Assembly entirely one time, let alone this is the second time.”

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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