- House Committee Substitute -

HCS/SCS/SB 756 - This act modifies the licensure, inspection, and funding of animal care facilities. Currently, Section 273.327, RSMo, requires the licensure of animal care facilities. This act establishes a $100 minimum license fee for such facilities. An additional fee of $1 per animal will also be charged. All other per capita fees must be set by rule by the Director of the Department of Agriculture.

Section 273.333 allows the inspection of animal care facilities for violations. This act allows administrative penalties up to $2,000 for each violation and payment to the Animal Care Reserve Fund instead of General Revenue.

Section 273.348 requires facilities to be open for inspection. New language prohibits any person from inspecting who is within the third degree of consanguinity to the owner.

Section 273.352 establishes an advisory committee. This act expands the committee to fourteen members, with the additional member representing an animal welfare association. Members may serve up to six years and will be appointed by the Governor, rather than the Director, with consent from the Senate.

Currently, Section 273.357, RSMo, creates the Animal Care Reserve Fund. This act allows the Fund to receive contributions from other sources, including appropriations. Any portion of the fund not immediately needed must be invested by the State Treasurer and any interest earned shall remain with the fund.