JEFFERSON CITY, Mo- Governor Nixon signed four bills today from rights to crime victims to protect those who rescue children left in vehicles, equalize child custody, and help adoptees obtain birth certificates.
Senate Bill 921, will strengthen the rights of crime victims and also direct colleges and universities to work with law enforcement on policies involving sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.
"The cooperation between colleges and universities and law enforcement agencies will ensure there are policies in place to provide guidance for handling these cases," Gov. Nixon said. "I appreciate the General Assembly taking this action to help our students and to expand the rights of crime victims."
Nixon also today signed:
House Bill 1649, which provides immunity for civil liability for those who, in good faith, help children trapped in motor vehicles.
- House Bill 1550, which creates a more equalized approach to child custody and visitation, and makes court proceedings more accessible in cases of violation of court custody/visitation orders.
- House Bill 1599, which permits adoptees to obtain a copy of their sealed, original birth certificate and to obtain medical information. Those birth certificates currently can be obtained only by court order. The bill makes provisions for obtaining the consent of the birth parents.
Gov. Nixon also vetoed House Bill 1976, which makes several changes to state law covering motor vehicle extended service contracts. Although some of the changes are intended to benefit consumers, the Governor said another provision would harm consumers who cancel their contracts by allowing contract providers to avoid paying refunds directly to those consumers.
You can find the veto letter here.
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