A monstrous battle that included legislators ganging up (nothing new, eh) while opponents and proponents slugged it out has ended up with a failed effort by one vote to reclassify captive deer as livestock and give a state agricultural agency control over deer farms.
According to the Associated Press in this story, Missouri lawmakers came up one vote short of the two-thirds required in the House to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that would have give the Missouri Agriculture Department supervision over captive deer farms. Currently the Missouri Department of Conservation has supervision over the penned deer.
Missouri’s Senate voted to override Nixon’s veto. But it failed when the House couldn’t approve. The bill had tacked on incentives for the dairy industry, obviously a little gig of goodwill to try to get the skids greased, but that obviously didn’t help. See the full story here.
The Conservation Department currently bans importation of deer and also requires new deer farms to have double-fenced enclosures. Opponents say that adds extra cost they should not have to pay, but proponents of the stricter measures say the regulations help protect wildlife in the state.
It’s been a contentious issue for months, with legislators, farmers, opponents, proponents and others going back and forth like cats and dogs.
One of the latest salvos came when Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris wrote a letter of support for the Missouri DOC and against the proposed changes.