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Missouri’s Governor Vetoes Child Advocate Legislation

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)

Legislation requiring Missouri’s Office of Child Advocate to create a safety reporting system for Children’s Division employees has been vetoed by the governor.

Governor Mike Parson vetoed the bipartisan bill from Chesterfield GOP State Representative Bruce DeGroot Friday. In his veto letter, the governor says the provision is unnecessary, duplicates efforts of existing local teams, and fails to strengthen protection for the children served by the Children’s Division.

The Missouri House approved the DeGroot bill by a 154-1 vote in May. It will be up to Representative DeGroot to decide whether or not he will seek a veto override attempt in September.

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