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Gov. Nixon signs bill to reauthorize Missouri Rx program

• Governor signs 10 bills, vetoes three others; includes signing statements with bills to license “assistant physicians,” saying rigorous oversight is necessary
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed into law a bill extending a program that has provided prescription drug assistance to hundreds of thousands of older Missourians and those with disabilities. Senate Bill 754 reauthorizes the Missouri Rx until Aug. 28, 2017; the program had been set to expire next month.

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Gov. Nixon vetoes bills on payday loans, short-term installment lenders

• Payday loan “reform” bill fails to protect consumers, and bill on short-term lenders would restrict local regulatory authority, Governor says
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed two consumer-lending bills, saying that one bill does not provide true reform to payday lending and the other bill takes away the authority of local government to protect consumers.

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American Legion responding to VA problems

The American Legion is sending a team of its experts to St. Louis, Mo., in response to a recent Department of Veterans Affairs internal investigation that showed long wait times for veterans seeking specialist treatment in the VA St. Louis Health Care System. An internal VA investigation showed that new patients seeking specialist care were waiting an average of 86 days to see a specialist.


Special interest tax breaks jeopardize outdoor economy, Gov. Nixon says

•Special sales tax breaks would drain $245.7 million over the next decade from voter-approved resources for conservation, parks and soil and water districts.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The series of special interest sales tax exemptions passed by the General Assembly in the final hours of the legislative session would reduce funding for wildlife conservation, state parks, and soil and water conservation efforts by $245.7 million over the next decade and undermine Missouri’s thriving outdoor economy, Gov. Jay Nixon said today.

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Treasurer'stop legislative priority signed

JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel today thanked Governor Nixon for signing House Bill 1217 into law, officially making Missouri the first state in the nation to prohibit pension advances targeting public employees. This issue has received national attention including consumer alerts from the CFPB, FTC and GAO.

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