Mo. Gov. Kills Bill Capping Farm Nuisance Damages

By Richard Vanderford (May 2, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday vetoed a Republican-sponsored bill that would have limited damages in nuisance lawsuits against farms and agribusinesses.

The Democratic governor's veto kills bill HB 209, which is aimed at protecting large livestock farms from repeated nuisances suits over the odor they emit. It passed both houses of the Missouri General Assembly with overwhelming Republican support in mid-April.

"We are working with legislative leaders to clarify and improve the language of the bill in the time remaining in this legislative session," Gov. Nixon said.

Under Missouri law, large livestock farms can be sued repeatedly over the foul...

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