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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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Gov. Nixon signs legislation to protect Missouri’s children

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Kansas City to sign legislation to help protect the health and safety of Missouri’s children, including strengthening child care in the state by implementing a new set of quality indicators for child care providers. The Governor signed the bills at Operation Breakthrough, Missouri’s largest single-site child care provider.

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Gov. Nixon vetoes two bills defining captive deer as livestock

• Governor points out Missouri Constitution gives Conservation Commission sole regulatory authority over wildlife; says bill provisions are clearly unconstitutional
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed two bills that would have redefined the term “livestock” to include captive deer in order to eliminate the role of the Missouri Department of Conservation in regulating white-tailed deer. The Governor said those provisions of Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326 would go against longstanding successful conservation practices and also would clearly violate the Missouri Constitution, which gives exclusive authority over game and wildlife resources to the Missouri Conservation Commission.

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