I used to live in Missouri (in Rolla — a place locals call “The Middle of Everywhere“). I have many fond memories of my time there including my first visit to Stonehenge, drinking grape juice made from local grapes (the wine is pretty good, too), and doing a radio show on gulf coast rhythm and blues for the local NPR affiliate . So it pains me even more than it might to report about the steady capture of the legislature by agribusiness.
This post details some of the bills currently before the legislature that are designed to simultaneously disenfranchise the electorate and deliver the state over to Big Ag. For example, the state constitution specifically gives citizens the right to propose and enact laws. Some legislators would like to repeal that right — solely with respect to initiatives relating to agriculture. According to proposed legislation (5 bills all containing the same language), citizen initiatives relating to agriculture would be prohibited; only those laws “based upon the most current industry standards and enacted by the general assembly” would be valid. Other things the bills would do: prohibit taking pictures of agricultural facilities (terrorism, doncha know), and legalize horse slaughter for food.
All in all, the legislature of the Show-Me state is showing the world its collective bum. One can only hope that the good people of Missouri catch on to the fact that their rights are being trampled and throw the bum(s) out.
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