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Bills Will Benefit Missouri Military Members and Their Families; Expand Memorial Highway Program

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Location: Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon today visited the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters in downtown Kansas City to sign three pieces of legislation supporting members of the military, their families and Missouri veterans.

"Missouri veterans and active-duty service members represent our state and nation with honor, bravery and an unwavering commitment to liberty," said Gov. Nixon. "Right now there are thousands of Missourians who have chosen to put themselves in harm's way, far from home, on our behalf. I am proud to be signing legislation today that honors their sacrifice and supports their families."

The Governor signed three bills during the ceremony today:

* House Bill 136. This bill allows the spouses of certain active duty military members to receive a temporary professional license if they previously had that license in another state prior to being relocated to Missouri.
* House Bill 149. This bill removes the sunset for the Missouri Family Relief Fund which was set to expire this year. Missourians can donate to this fund through tax check offs or other contributions. The fund helps members of the Missouri National Guard or Army Reserves who experienced a significant loss in income due to being called to active duty. This fund helps these service members and their families pay their bills. Since its creation six years ago, the Missouri Family Relief Fund has helped more than 235 service members and their families.
* House Bill 798. This bill expands the current "Heroes Way Interchange Program" by increasing the number of roadways that are eligible to be renamed as a memorial for those military members who have fallen in the line of duty.

This legislation also designates the following:

o A portion of I-44 in St. Louis City as "Officer David Haynes Memorial Highway."
o A portion of Highway 67 in Butler County as "Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant David May Memorial Highway."
o A portion of I-40/64 in St. Louis County as the "Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Joseph G Schuengel Memorial Highway."
o The Theiss Road bridge over I-270 in St. Louis County as the "Glennon T. Moran Memorial Bridge."
o The State Highway E Bridge over State Highway 60 in Wright County as the "Private Ova A. Kelley Medal of Honor Memorial Bridge."
o A portion of Highway 8 in St. Francois County as the "Ferlin Husky Highway."

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