State agriculture officials support pieces of two vetoed bills

A doe wanders up to Sam James during a tour of his  captive deer hunting ranch. | Michaela Marshall Dungey/Missouri Business Alert
Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed two bills this summer over the changes they proposed to the regulation of captive deer. | Michaela Marshall Dungey/Missouri Business Alert

Two agriculture bills vetoed this summer by Gov. Jay Nixon because they would have changed who regulates captive deer contained other provisions that the Democratic governor supported.

State Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce, who opposed the bills calling for his department to take over control of the captive deer population, says other parts of the proposed legislation would help agriculture in the state. He says his legislative staff would seek to work with lawmakers to save those parts of the legislation if the vetoes stand.

Fordyce says he doesn’t know where lawmakers stand on attempting to override the two vetoes. Some supporters of the changes to deer regulations say they believe there are enough votes in both the state House and state Senate for overrides.

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