Foster parent legislation sent to governor's desk
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Legislation letting Missouri taxpayers donate part of their tax refunds to support foster care and adoptions goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.
The House passed the bill Tuesday without dissent, shortly after it cleared the Senate.
The measure would also create a task force on improvements in recruiting, licensing and retaining adoptive and foster parents. The panel would report to lawmakers and the governor by December.
Another provision addresses parents with diseases or disabilities. Unless they would put a child at risk, those conditions could not be considered for things like foster care licenses, terminating parental rights and determining the fitness of prospective adoptive parents.
New specialty license plates
Missourians would be able to display specialty license plates bearing the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me” under legislation heading to the governor.
The license plate would have the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me” instead of “Show-Me State.” The legislation was given final approval Tuesday.
The legislation also would create several other specialty license plates. For example, people who have been awarded the combat action badge could get a plate that says “Combat Action.” Another was focused on Cass County. A required annual contribution for that license plate would go for public safety and local parks and recreation.