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A measure sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, was recently approved by the governor. Senate Bill 631, an omnibus agriculture bill, modifies various provisions relating to animals and agriculture. The act, among other provisions, requires employees of animal agriculture operations who videotape what they suspect is animal abuse to provide the recording to a law enforcement agency within 24 hours.

“I was pleased to sponsor and help pass one of the major pieces of legislation dealing with agriculture this year,” said Sen. Parson. “One of the reasons this legislation was approved is to stop the growing trend of animal rights activists who lie to gain employment at farms and animal operations, only to unfairly depict the treatment of animals by using secret cameras and recording devices.”

Senate Bill 631 states that any such recordings must not be edited in any way, and intentional violations of the act would result in a Class A misdemeanor.

The measure also changes Missouri’s grain dealer laws by replacing the $100,000 threshold for dealers with a 50,000 bushel threshold; allows Future Farmers of America (FFA) to be taught in private schools; protects the rights for FFA and 4-H students who show their livestock; raises the truck weight limits for hauling milk; and creates the Agritourism Promotion Act, designed to strengthen protections for agritourism operators and citizens.

The provisions within Senate Bill 631 take effect on Aug. 28, 2012. Click here to learn more about this piece of legislation.
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