Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021

Back the Blue Efforts Gain More Support in Missouri Legislature

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Last week, law enforcement in Missouri received more support from the state government. Multiple provisions were signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson, including three bills that offer more protections for officers, people harmed from defunding of police departments, and an annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Senate Bill 53 (pdf) increases the penalty of doxing law enforcement officers, judges, commissioners, prosecuting attorneys, or their families. This is now considered a class E felony when bodily harm and death threats are intended with the release of personal information. Senate Bill 26 (pdf) affords taxpayers injunctive relief if local governments defund the police or decrease law-enforcement budgets to the point that they are harmed. In addition, it also creates a 988 Public Safety Fund to provide officers with mental health care to aid with stress and psychological trauma incurred on the job. Senate Bill 72 (pdf) designates the first Friday in May …

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