Proposition B was passed with the idea that it protected dogs from cruel and inhumane treatment. It wasn’t a surprise that given the misleading information that was provided about Prop B that it passed – the surprise is that is passed with so little support.
I know some good people who think SB113 decimates Prop B. I disagree. The passage of Senate Bill (SB) 113 resulted in the General Assembly fulfilling their roll to We the People.  The changes bring the law in compliance with the state constitution, which says that that people have a natural right to the enjoyment of the gains of their industry. By making needed improvements to the faulty language contained in Prop B. SB113 now provides the protections that people thought they were voting for while protecting legitimate breeders.
Seldom does an elected official step out boldly to declare they are for or against something unless they think their is a safety net for them to fall into in case it doesn’t work. Representative Kurt Bahr (R-O’Fallon) is the rare exception. He clearly annunciates why he voted for SB113 and does so not only with the courage of his convictions and principles but with the acknowledgement that those principles apply to all – not just those who agree with him!
I hope that many of his colleagues will sit up and take notice of Representative Bahr’s approach. I hope that all Missourians will appreciate his principled stand even though they may disagree with his vote.
Capitol Report
Representative Kurt Bahr – Dist. 19
Friday, April 15th, 2011
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201 West Capitol
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 751-9768
Email: kurt.bahr@house.mo.gov
“What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right.” Howard Cosell

This week the MO House worked on a wide variety of issues, but the one issue that has dominated discussion is SB113. Some claim SB113 repeals Prop B, ignores the will of the people, and the General Assembly has no right to change it. They are wrong on all accounts.
First, SB113 is not a repeal of Prop B. SB113 is a compromise which respects the will of the people to protect dogs while also protecting the rights of the individuals who choose to breed them. Last November 51.6% of the voters passed Prop B. The stated reason for the bill was to protect dogs. SB113 actually increases the funding and enforcement of Prop B, and does not weaken any penalties for violating it.
What SB113 does repeal is the unconstitutional and arbitrary limitation of 50 dogs per breeder. This is the single most important aspect of the debate. SB113 brings up a bigger issue than the protection of dogs. It asks the question “What is the proper role of government?”
According to Missouri’s constitution, “All persons have a natural right to the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry…that to give security to these things is the principal office of government, and that when government does not confer this security, it fails in its chief design. (Art 1, Sec 2)”
The fundamental role of government is to “give security” to the rights of its individual citizens. Prop B limits an individual’s right to own property. No one, not the legislature, and not a majority of citizens, has the right to vote away the constitutional liberties of another individual. It was my sworn duty, in order to uphold the constitution and to defend the individual rights of all Missourians, to vote in favor of SB113.
So, for those of you who voted for Prop B because you wanted to protect dogs, SB113 does exactly what you wanted, and it does a better job.
For those of you who voted against Prop B, SB113 is a good bill that protects both dogs and their breeders and will not harm the agricultural community in our state.
And for the few of you who voted for Prop B because you wanted to put dog breeders out of business with this unconstitutional provision – shame on you. But rest assured I will vote to protect your individual rights just as I voted to protect the rights of the dog breeders.
If you need to communicate with me, you may call 573-753-9768 or email kurt.bahr@house.mo.gov. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you,
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