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mr2007-03-18 19:45:42nailknot

HB966 sponsored by Steve Hunter .This bill allows the Department of Natural Resources to issue a cease and desist order if the department director determines that a person is violating certain laws which constitute a clear and present threat to the life or health of those in the area.( in fareness to the th DNR they have little or no jurisdiction on air and water poluting corporate farms at this time.) If the person continues the violation after the cease and desist order is issued, the department director may cause a suit to be filed by the state for a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, or permanent injunction and a penalty of up to $10,000 per day the violation occurred and continues to occur. . SJR 18 Sponsored by Wes Shoemyer is the polar opposite of SB 364.(SB 364 is a bill that would abolish the ability of county governments to pass ordinances reguarding Cafo's) SJR 18 would amend the Missouri constitution and allow county governments to pass laws that are more restrictive than state law. To protect the health and welfare of the public sir 18 has been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee. Both of these bills sound pretty go to me, Imagine putting the decision of clean water and air in the hands of the people instead of lobbyist. It will probable never happen it makes too much sense. nailknot

We need a sea change2007-03-12 22:01:18nailknot

While most of us have been asking for help from the government to regulate corporate farming, the lobbyists have been lining the pockets of our elected representatives. The only way to turn the tide is at the ballot box. Get on line and find out who is selling us out (it is a short walk). We need to put our representatives on notice. I truly believe that the present House and Senate are so corrupt that they cannot be persuaded to do the right thing for the welfare of the citizens of this state. We need to mount a campaign to send our own people to Jeff City. At the present time the bills that are being passed in the fast lane only benefit 1% of the farming community--the corporate farms whose executives don't even live in the state. They pollute our water, our air, and the bottom dollar is their god. They are poor neighbors and poorer stewards of the land.

Influence of lobbyists must be abolished2007-03-02 13:04:21davidf

With the growing confined hog and chicken production in Missouri it’s time to stop and think, are CAFOs really the best way to grow our food supply? Does anyone remember eating a fried spring chicken dinner from his or her grandparent’s farm? What we’re producing now in six weeks in a CAFO (Confined Animal Farming Operation) has no comparison, in my opinion, to what we used to eat as far as quality and taste. The chickens produced now and the genetically engineered chickens in our future will produce great profits for chicken corporations and mass marketers like Wal-Mart at the expense of quality-of-life for those who have to live near one of these CAFOs. We have to decide is this the best way to live our lives. But, the status quo will remain unless we change the influence of the corporations and their paid lobbyists. Who decided that corporations have more say than an average citizen? It's past time for a change. We deserve better and the people who live near those operations deserve better.