“What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right.” Howard Cosell
....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. 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.