Missouri counties could lose their power to regulate farmland. Jade Mingus has more from the state Capitol.
Mexico Senator John Cauthorn is sponsoring a bill that would change regulations for confined animal feed operations or CAFOS. Livingston County Commissioner Eva Danner says these changes would limit the counties'ability to regulate farmland.
"With a 114 very diverse counties in this state, each county should have that opportunity to impose a health ordinance. If they feel like that is what they need, or not impose one."
If the bill passes counties could no longer pass ordinances that are stricter than the states. But several groups support Cauthorn's bill including the Missouri Dairyman's Association and the Missouri Cattlemen's Association. From Jefferson City, I'm Jade Mingus.
If some lawmakers get their way Missouri farms would be regulated by a new agency. Jade Mingus has more from Jefferson City.
Mexico Senator John Cauthorn is backing a bill that would take the power to regulate confined animal feed organizations or CAFOS from the Department of Natural Resources and give it to the Clean Water Commission. The bill would also limit counties from passing stricter ordinances. Livingston County Commissioner Eva Danner says her county's ordinance protected kids in a rural school.
"If it had not have been for our health ordinance we would have had a very large CAFO one mile from that school. Which would have been detrimental to the well-being of those young people in that school."
Danner says she appreciates the opportunity to pass stricter ordinances. But many groups including the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Missouri Dairy Farm Association support the bill. From Jefferson City I'm Jade Mingus.