WHEREAS, agriculture is a vital
and important force within Missouri's economy, and
WHEREAS, a free and open livestock
market is beneficial to all of Missouri's livestock producers;
WHEREAS, this administration
is committed to the continued success and growth of the livestock
WHEREAS; Missouri's producers
have a right to equal treatment within the marketplace when
all variables are equal; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri legislature
made it unlawful for any packer with respect to livestock, meats,
meat food products, or livestock products in unmanufactured
- Engage in any unfair, unjust, discriminatory, or deceptive
- Give any undue or unreasonable preference or advantage
to any person or location in any respect whatsoever;
- Sell or transfer to, for, or from any other packer with
the effect of apportioning the supply between the packers,
restraining trade, or creating a monopoly;
- Sell or transfer any article with the effect of manipulating
or controlling prices;
- Engage in any business practice for the purpose of manipulating
or controlling prices, creating a monopoly, or restraining
- Conspire with any other person to apportion territory
for carrying on business, apportion purchases, or control
WHEREAS, the enforcement of this
law is entrusted to the Missouri Attorney General with the Missouri
Director of Agriculture referring specific cases of suspected
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bob Holden,
Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the powers vested
in me through the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri,
do hereby establish the Missouri Livestock Market Advisory Committee.
The objective of this Advisory
Committee shall be to offer advice toward the implementation
and rule development process of the Missouri Livestock Marketing
Act, and to offer policy suggestions for the development of
fair and open markets for livestock sales in Missouri. Additionally,
the Advisory Committee will be charged with offering recommendations
to the Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture for
the creation of a new livestock processing infrastructure and
the development of additional marketing options for livestock
The Advisory Committee shall
be composed of 7 members:
- Three (3) of the members shall be appointed by the Governor;
- Two (2) of the members shall be appointed by the President
Pro-Tem of the Senate, with no more than one appointee being
from the same political party; and
- Two (2) of the members shall be appointed by the Speaker
of the House, with no more than one appointee being from
the same political party.
The Chair of the Senate Agriculture
Committee and the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee will
act as Ex-Officio, non-voting members of the Advisory Committee.
The Governor shall designate
the chair of the Advisory Committee.
The Advisory Committee shall
serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
|| IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my
hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State
of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 14th day
of September, 2001.
||[Bob Holden's signature]
[Matt Blunt's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
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