Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law legislation designed to protect Missouri farmers from dishonest or financially struggling grain dealers.
The measure comes out of what state officials call the largest grain fraud scheme in Missouri history: Prosecutors charged Cathy Gieseker with defrauding 180 grain farmers out of at least $27 million as her business went under. She pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and is now in prison.
Updated 5:17 p.m. with concealed gun law information.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Friday afternoon that he has signed 22 bills and vetoed seven others.
One of the bills signed into law, House Bill 294, lowers the minimum age for obtaining a concealed guns permit to 21. The minimum age had been 23 - said by the National Rifle Association to be the highest in the country - since Missouri adopted its concealed weapons law in 2003.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) is planning to host a meeting next week with Missouri lawmakers to broker an agreement on an economic development bill.
The State House and Senate adjourned in May without passing legislation that would have created several new tax breaks, among them a proposal that would have provided $360 million in incentives to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub.
Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has reimbursed the state another $1,889, after an audit found that he owed additional money for hotel expenses.
The new payment comes on top of a $52,300 check that Kinder wrote the state in April. His campaign attorney said the original payment roughly equaled Kinder's instate hotel reimbursements but was intended to cover any potentially questionable expenses.
The letters in question are an attempt to gauge farmers' interest in selling their lands to the federal government for wildlife habitat restoration. Farmers in Missouri and Iowa have been receiving the letters.