By Shannon Bowers
Last week’s annual veto session by the Missouri General Assembly produced a record 10 overrides of bills struck down by Gov. Nixon. Among them was Senate Bill 9. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has details on the new law, including why the Governor disapproved.
Jim McCann is the president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. He says cattle theft is a multi-faceted problem, effecting both farmers and consumers alike. He says a full grown cow on average cost at least $1,000.
“If they can put 20 head in, they go out there and manage to get it loaded in 15 minutes and they are gone. That is a pretty good evening’s paycheck,” said McCann.
McCann adds that over 10,000 cows are stolen in Missouri ever year. Senate Bill 9 cracks down on cattle theft, making it a Class B Felony, which carries a sentence of between five to 15 years in jail, if convicted.
The new law also makes changes regarding international land ownership, allowing a cap of 1% of agricultural land to be foreign owned. Additionally, the bill addresses animal trespassing.
Despite the disapproval of Governor Nixon and other leading Missouri agricultural groups, Senate Bill 9 was passed during the regular session with overwhelming bi-partisan support in both the House (33-0) and Senate (133-21). More....