Holden Signs A Variety of Bills in St. Louis

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Bob Holden visited St. Louis Thursday to sign a wide range of bills into law.

Holden signed legislation that directs tobacco settlement money into life sciences research, changes taxes on visiting athletes and authorizes a one-percent sales tax in Jefferson County.

At Harris-Stowe State College, Holden signed a bill that formally recognizes June 19th or "Juneteenth" as "Emancipation Day."

I think it's important that we recognize the cultural diversity of our state and the importance of this event in our history many years ago and remember it on a yearly basis," Holden said.

Holden also approved a three-day sales tax holiday for clothing, school supplies and computers this and next August.