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Gov. Nixon signs legislation protecting nursing mothers, encouraging healthy families

• Governor is joined by Rep. Rory Ellinger, sponsor of the legislation, at the signing of the bill in University City
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1320, which respects the rights of nursing mothers and encourages healthy families. The Governor signed the legislation at City Hall in University City, where he was joined by the bill’s sponsor state Rep. Rory Ellinger (D-University City).

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Educational leaders spoke in favor of Common Core

JEFFERSON CITY - In a Senate Education Committee hearing room that went into overflow, education leaders from across Missouri spoke against a bill that would stop the implementation of Common Core.

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Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency in response to severe and dangerous weather

• Governor urges Missourians to follow weather reports and be prepared for severe weather
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in Missouri as a widespread severe weather system continued to move across the state, bringing heavy rain, hail, high winds, flooding and flash flooding, and at least one reported tornado. The heavy rain associated with the severe weather has already led to several water rescues along flooded streams and rivers.  Another round of severe weather is forecast for much of the state today.
“With the continued significant risk of severe storms and flooding, I urge Missourians to closely monitor weather conditions, so they can take shelter or move to higher ground if needed,” Gov. Nixon said. “The state of Missouri will continue to work closely with local officials to help protect lives and property from these storms.”


Families use senate hearing to endorse medical marijuana

JEFFERSON CITY - The Senate General Laws Committee heard passionate testimony Tuesday, April 1, in support of a bill that would allow use of marijuana to alleviate dire medical conditions.
The bill would change Missouri law excepting those in possession of marijuana to have a registry identification card such as qualified patients and primary care givers. To qualify a person must have debilitating condition and must use marijuana within their home.

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During visit to Ozarks Medical Center, Gov. Nixon calls on General Assembly to prevent further damage to the economy by bringing Missourians’ tax dollars home

• With Missouri taxpayers having spent $500 million for health care in other states, new report shows inaction has also cost the state more than 3,000 jobs
WEST PLAINS, Mo. – As the tab for the General Assembly’s inaction on Medicaid exceeded $500 million, Gov. Jay Nixon visited Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains to call on legislators to prevent further damage to the economy and stop flow of taxpayer dollars to other states. Last week, a report from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Hospital Association found that inaction on Medicaid already cost the state more than 3,000 jobs over the past six months alone. The Governor was joined by representatives of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed Medicaid reform and expansion.

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