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Topic - Jerry Nolte
Months after Missouri voters approved a measure that cracks down on what animal advocates say are some of the nation's most notorious puppy mills, lawmakers are poised to repeal much of the law, saying the rules are too costly and punish legitimate dog-breeders who generate an estimated $1 billion annually in the state.
Missouri Rep. Jerry Nolte, a Republican, who represents part a county that passed the ballot measure, said he voted for the bill because it will help protect dogs by increasing funding for enforcement.
"What I was trying to do was interpret what the voter intent was, and what they wanted to do was to lessen the suffering of these animals," he said. "And I believe that this, on balance, will reduce the suffering of these animals."