Gov. Parson signs ‘Pretrial Witness Protection Services’ bill in Jackson

Updated: Sep. 22, 2020 at 3:13 PM CDT
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MISSOURI (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 66 at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.

The governor also signed the measure at 10:30 a.m. in Springfield on Tuesday.

The governor announced he would hold several ceremonial signings of House Bill 66.

On Monday, September 21, Gov. Parson will sign HB 66 in Kansas City at 2:45 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #99 and at 4:15 p.m. at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in Carthage.

HB66, also known as the Pretrial Witness Protection Services Fund, was passed by lawmakers on Aug. 25 during a Special Session addressing violent crime.

The legislation allows law enforcement to use funds to provide security for witnesses, potential witnesses and their immediate families in criminal proceedings or investigations.

Money from the Pretrial Witness Protection Services Fund will be disbursed through the Department of Public Safety.

In a separate stop, Parson will travel to Mississippi County to visit the LUCE Charleston Outreach Center. This visit will take place after the ceremonial bill signing in Jackson.

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