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May 12, 2011SAVANNAH, MO | By: Wayman
Two north Missouri lawmakers are pleased after the late afternoon signing into law of a new agricultural nuisance law.
Governor Nixon signed into law Senate Bill 187 which was sponsored by Savannah senator Brad Lager. A nearly identical bill was also carried in the State House by Harrison county representative Casey Guernsey. Originally Nixon vetoed the house bill saying it was two broad, but the senate bill addressed those issues. The new law will limit lawsuits that can be filed against farm interests a controversial measure that some neighbors of corporate confined animal operations opposed, saying it will restrict legal remedies to smells and other nuisances. Supporters of the new bill say punitive damages allowed in the new law will ensure nuisance farm operations will have to clean up their operations.