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Farmers lobby for local control

March 2, 2005
By: Andrea Ramey
State Capital Bureau

Farmers lobby for local control.

Andrea Ramey has more from the state Capitol.

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Livingston County farmers rallied against a bill that would eliminate local authority over health ordinances.

Missouri Farmer's Union President Russ Kremer says the bill encourages large corporate farms to move to Missouri.

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Contents: "This is a special interest bill that will deregulate things for the benefit of a handful of farmers 400 plus farmers compared to the 106,000 farmers in Missouri. "

Republican Representative James Guest is the bill's sponsor.

Guest says too much regulation hurts expansion efforts and drives farmers away.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.

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One Missouri lawmaker wants too lose local control over health ordinances.

Andrea Ramey has more from the state Capitol.

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Republican Representative James Guest sponsored a bill that would eliminate county control over livestock operation health ordinances.

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Contents: "We are trying to free up for the family farmers and allow them to compete without the regulation that they are opposing. So we are fighitng to protect the family farmers of Missouri.

Democratic Representative Wes Shoesmyer opposes the bill.

He says government is best when it is closest to the people.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.