Gov. Jay Nixon today addressed the remaining pieces of legislation passed by the General Assembly as he signed nine bills, vetoed three bills and allowed four other bills to become law without his signature.
Two of the bills signed by the Governor today concern public safety. Senate Bill 42 creates a mechanism for funding the Missouri Data Exchange (MODEX) Fund, which allows local law enforcement agencies to share incident reports and other information. In addition, Senate Bill 42 allows sheriffs to establish a canteen or commissary within a county jail, with the requirement that the funds generated be used for biometric identification systems.
The other public safety bill signed by the Governor was Senate Bill 75, which will transfer the concealed carry weapon permitting process from the Missouri Department of Revenue to the county sheriffs beginning August 28. As a result, Missourians will go directly to their sheriffs for a CCW permit, rather than receiving an endorsement on their state driver's license or non-driver's license. This bill mirrors Senate Bill 42 in several provisions, including allowing sheriffs to establish a canteen or commissary within a county jail, with the requirement that the funds generated be used for biometric identification systems.
Gov. Nixon today also signed House Bill 28, an omnibus bill with many provisions related to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Among its provisions, the bill simplifies the environmental permitting process, a proposal put forward by the Governor in his State of the State address in January. It also extends the sunset on fees that fund hazardous waste management, and allows county commissions to implement burn bans - an authority that county commissions did not have during the drought of 2012.
"The simplifying of the environmental permitting process is a common-sense step to cut red tape for businesses and farmers, without backing off our commitment to clean land, air and water," Gov. Nixon said. "County commissions also can now take necessary steps when weather conditions such as we had last year create the real risk of uncontrolled fires."
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