JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) __ Some Missouri lawmakers want Gov. Jay Nixon to sign a bill rewriting a voter-approved dog-breeding law before they consider additional revisions embraced by the governor.

Republican Sen. Mike Parson says the governor’s signature on the legislation is “paramount in developing goodwill with lawmakers,” and a veto would be a “serious setback” to efforts to pass a separate dog bill backed by the governor. Parson sent a letter Tuesday to Nixon signed by 70 lawmakers and 10 groups representing agriculture.

Proposition B passed by voters last fall limited the number of breeding dogs businesses can own and imposed new dog-care requirements. Lawmakers already had passed a bill replacing key parts of that law before Nixon’s administration announced Monday that it had brokered a compromise among some agricultural and animal welfare groups.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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