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Gov. Nixon signs bill to help improve breast cancer detection by providing women with information about dense breast tissue

• Governor says bill has the potential to save lives by encouraging the early detection of breast cancer
JOPLIN, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Freeman Hospital West in Joplin to sign Senate Bill 639, which will help improve breast cancer detection by requiring mammography facilities to provide patients with information about dense breast tissue.  Mammography facilities will be required to inform patients that, because dense breast tissue can hide abnormalities that would otherwise be identified in mammograms, women with dense breasts may benefit from additional screening to accurately detect breast cancer.
“This law is a common-sense measure with the potential to save lives by giving women more information and greater opportunities to identify breast cancer in the early stages of the disease,” Gov. Nixon said.  “I want to thank the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Dan Brown and Rep. Sue Allen, as well as Sen. Ron Richard, Patty Richard and Kathy Brown for their efforts to raise awareness about this issue and get this bill to my desk.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, women who have a high percentage of dense breast tissue are a greater risk of developing breast cancer.  In addition, abnormalities in dense breasts are more difficult to detect on a mammogram. Senate Bill 639 will require mammography facilities to provide notice to patients that if the mammogram demonstrates they have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and the patient has other identified risk factors for breast cancer, the patient might benefit from supplemental screening tests.  
“After watching a close friend battle breast cancer, it was clear to me that women weren’t getting enough information about the risks of dense breast tissue,” Patty Richard said. “The concept of this legislation is simple: make sure women get the information they need to give them a better chance of detecting and beating this devastating disease.”
“As a breast cancer survivor whose cancer was not detected by a mammogram, I want to make sure all women get the information they need about the risks of dense breast tissue,” Kathy Brown said. “On behalf of the thousands of women battling this terrible disease, I want to thank my husband and his colleagues in the legislature for getting this bill across the finish line, and the Governor for signing it into law today.”

Division of Fire Safety reminds Missourians that public displays are safest way to enjoy fireworks

• The best sights and biggest thrills come at public events conducted by trained professionals
 
JEFFERSON CITY – Independence Day is the biggest day of the year for fireworks across the U.S. – and the day for the most fires and injuries caused by fireworks. As Missourians prepare to celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend, the Division of Fire Safety reminds Missourians that public firework displays put on by trained professionals are the safest way to enjoy fireworks.

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Gov. Nixon vetoes Senate Bill 493, calls on regional school leaders to support state plan for struggling school districts

• Senate Bill 493 fails to address challenges resulting from existing transfer law and instead would create even more problems for students and families, Governor says
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed Senate Bill 493, which would have diverted public, taxpayer dollars to private schools and exacerbated the hardships faced by students in struggling districts and their families. The Governor called on school districts in the region to support the state’s plan to improve the financial stability and academic performance of troubled schools.

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Gov. Nixon takes action to balance Fiscal Year 2015 budget

JEFFERSON CITY – To put the Fiscal Year 2015 budget back into balance and maintain Missouri’s fiscal stability, Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed $144.6 million general revenue spending and restricted $641.6 million in general revenue expenditures. Missouri’s Constitution authorizes Governors to control and reduce spending to ensure it does not exceed available revenue.   

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Gov. Nixon issues statement on study showing Medicaid inaction is costing Missouri jobs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued a statement regarding a report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) showing health care job growth in Missouri is falling behind its peer states that have moved forward on Medicaid. According to MERIC, health care job growth in Missouri has slowed to half what it was in 2011 and 2012. In addition, since January the average health care job growth rate in peer states that expanded Medicaid was more than double that of Missouri’s.

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Gov. Nixon signs bill to protect families of fallen soldiers at funerals

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1372 to protect the families of fallen Missouri soldiers at funeral services. The bill, which was passed unanimously by both the Missouri House and Senate, is patterned after a local Missouri city ordinance that was upheld by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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