Missouri lawmakers approve more power for state vet

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Missouri's chief veterinarian could start quarantining more animals.

Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would let the state vet restrict the movement of animals or birds suspected of carrying a toxin. After an investigation, the animal would have to be released or moved to a permanent quarantine.

The state veterinarian already can order a quarantine for animals suspected of carrying a disease.

The bill was approved 32-0 by the Senate and endorsed last month by the House 145-4. It now goes to the governor.

Quarantine is HB1662

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