If you are bothered by the smell emanating from corporate hog farms, you are a nuisance to your elected officials.
A bill limiting lawsuits against the hog farms breezed through both houses and is on its way to the governor.
HB 209 is sponsored by Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, whose biggest contributor is Smithfield Foods, which benefits from this legislation. A similar bill was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, who also counts Smithfield Foods as his biggest contributor.
Missouri Ethics Commission documents show Guernsey received $4,000 from Smithfield, $2,000 payments on Oct. 24 and Oct. 29. Lager picked up even more, receiving $10,000.
Disclosure statements filed with the Ethics Commission this year, show Smithfield Foods has contributed $16,500 to House and Senate members.
In 2010, Smithfield gave more than $80,000 to legislators or party committees in 2010, according to Missouri Ethics Commission documents.