Gov. Parson visits Perryville & Jackson

Governor Parson visits Cape Girardeau County
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 5:17 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 5:10 PM CDT
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PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson made two stops in the Heartland on Wednesday, July 6.

Parson stopped in Jackson where he met with law enforcement leaders at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office.

The former sheriff and current governor told the sheriff’s office that the state is focusing on recruitment, retention and the mental health of officers.

“That’s why we’re making one of the largest investments in the state’s history in mental health,” Parson said. “Not only for you and for your mental health, but also for the people that you’re dealing with. What happens is you end up dealing with these people all of the time and they end up in a law enforcement facility, when probably they have more of a mental issue than anything.”

We asked him to comment on the Second Amendment Preservation Act. He said that will be an issue that is talked about in January when the legislative session begins in Jefferson City.

“I think that discussion will come up again as it has,” Parson said. “We just need to see what action they take.”

He also has not endorsed a republican candidate that will replace retiring Senator Roy Blunt. Governor Parson said the citizens need to do their homework and make sure they find out who the best candidate is so that they can support them.

Recently, John Wood, former United States attorney, entered the race. He is running as an independent.

“If he gathers the signatures and wants to do that, that’s great,” Parson said. “It’s what the system is set up for.”

His thirty minute visit wrapped up with him telling the law enforcement officers that the state is committed to supporting them.

“There’s a lot of things we have got to do to fight violent crime and we have to do a better job,” Parson said. “The state has to, the local levels have to, but at the end of the day the locals have to do their part and we’re going to be there to help give them the resources.”

Before Jackson, the governor stopped at the National Veterans Memorial in Perryville.

The visits were part of the governor’s months-long tour across Missouri to promote the 2022 legislative session, share opportunities for residents and to learn where the state can improve.

The week before, the governor signed Senate Bill 775 which protects the identity of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in court proceedings and records.

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