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Governor Parson’s Doesn’t Want HBC Week to go Unrecognized

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri is clashing with the U.S. Department of Justice over a new law banning police from enforcing federal gun rules. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Justice Department officials wrote that state lawmakers went too far with the law and noted that federal law trumps state law under the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause. In response, Parson and Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote a defiant letter stating that they still plan to enforce the new law. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

(MISSOURINET) –  Governor Mike Parson has signed a law creating Historically Black College and University Week in Missouri.

The new law, sponsored by Barbara Washington, a Democrat from the Kansas City area, designates the observation during the third week of September.

Senate Bill 718 also included the law allowing student-athletes to profit from using their name, image, likeness rights, or athletic reputation.

The governor says the athlete provision is getting the spotlight and doesn’t want HBU Week to get buried in the headlines.

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