Missouri’s Food for America, the Missouri Farmers Union and the Missouri Rural Crisis Center called it a deceptive amendment.
Opponents of Missouri’s Right to Farm constitutional amendment were weighing a recount request Wednesday, a day after the measure appeared to pass by the slimmest of margins.
A proposed constitutional amendment creating a right to farm in Missouri appears to have prevailed in a close election. Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 had 498,751 votes for it and 496,223 against it with all precincts reporting — a margin of less than three-tenths of a percentage point.
Several people were ejected from the Ozark Empire Fair in southwest Missouri allegedly for wearing ‘VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT ONE’ T-shirts and for talking to people about this month’s political campaigns.
The pros and cons are flying when it comes to Amendment One, or Missouri’s Right To Farm initiative.
State Senator Eric Schmitt disagrees, saying that it would protect farmers from PETA and similar organizations who want to banish beef.
Opponents are planning to rally at the Missouri Capitol against a proposed amendment to the state Constitution establishing a “right to farm.”
The August ballot proposal asks voters whether the right “to engage in farming and ranching” should be “forever guaranteed” in the Missouri Constitution.
The Senate voted 23-10 on Wednesday to override the veto. Later, the House voted 111-50 to override.
Some lawmakers said they fear the proposed constitutional right to farm could challenge regulations on puppy mills.