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(Jefferson City) (AP) – First Missouri lawmakers limited the money people can win in nuisance lawsuits against big hog farms. Now a proposal advancing in the Senate would bar those lawsuits altogether if a farm or business is operating with an environmental permit from the government.

Legislation given initial approval Thursday by a Senate voice vote would provide what the sponsoring lawmaker described as a “warranty” against nuisance suits complaining about air, water or soil pollution from entities that are complying with government rules.

The bill comes two years after Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law a measure that limited the money people could win in nuisance lawsuits against farms. This year’s legislation would apply not only to nuisance lawsuits targeting farms but to any entity that is operating within the bounds of its government-authorized permission to discharge water, solid waste or air emissions.

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