JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Senate budget committee has backed a plan to beef up the state's oversight of dog breeders.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Monday to add $1.1 million to the Department of Agriculture. The money would pay for 10 more staff and the additional operating expenses of a stronger effort to regulate the dog-breeding industry.
Missouri voters passed a measure last fall limiting the number of breeding dogs people can own and setting forth strict requirements for their care. Legislators now are attempting to repeal and replace major parts of that law.
Gov. Jay Nixon recommended the regulatory increased funding. Senate budget chairman Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia, says he intends to tie the extra funding to Nixon signing legislation that revamps the voter-approved law.
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