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Judge blocks Missouri SB 391

A judge has temporarily blocked implementation of Missouri’s Senate Bill 391 that was to take effect in a week. It prohibits counties from passing ordinances stricter than state laws governing concentrated animal feeding operations – CAFOs.

Two county boards (Cooper and Cedar), two property owners and the nonprofit Friends of Responsible Agriculture requested the stay in a lawsuit.

Missouri Farm Bureau’s state legislative director B.J. Tanksley told Brownfield at the Missouri State Fair last week they support the law and attempts to stop it through lawsuits would be complicated, “I think everybody will look at different remedies in this case but I think a lawsuit is a very complicated issue. Who would have standing? Who would be harmed by this law? But, at least, immediately I don’t see who would have immediate standing, based on just the bill becoming law at this point.”

The bill was due to go into effect August 28th, 2019.

The suit lists Governor Parson and farm groups that worked for passage the law which plaintiffs argue is unconstitutional.

Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce’s restraining order lasts 10 days. A hearing is set for September 19th.

Brownfield’s Julie Harker contributed to this story~

Interview with B.J. Tanksley at MO State Fair August 12, ’19

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