The proposed Freedom to Farm amendment has gotten a new life as the legislative session heads into its last week. The bill had stalled in the Senate this week when critics worried it would keep county governments from enacting health, environmental, and safety ordinances.
But senator Jolie Justus, who represents several mid-Missouri agricultural counties, tells colleague Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph a phrase will be added that takes care of her concerns. It refers to the constitutional authority local governments have to adopt ordinances.
The bill has been sent back to a conference committee to add the local-control language