Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, says he does not intend to vote for CAFO legislation, if it remains as it is. The legislation increases state control over pollutants, but virtually eliminates local control:
State Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, said last week: "I have received support for the legislation from the Farm Bureau leaders in Jasper County, but I am also aware that rank-and-file members are not necessarily in favor of that bill.
"I doubt a majority of my constituents support that bill. Of course, they could continue to negotiate and come up with a future compromise. But, as this is stated now, I am not leaning toward voting for the bill."
He said the issue is more contentious in Southwest Missouri than in any other part of the state because of increasing urbanization and the growing concentration of CAFOs in the region.