WEBSTER GROVES, MO–(KMOX)–Governor Nixon signs three bills into law to help residential treatment facilities for children, and to help foster care children and parents.

Appearing at the Epworth Children and Family Services center, the governor signed House Bills 1172, 1576 and 1577.

House Bill 1172 bolsters the tax credit program for agencies that provide residential care and treatment for troubled youth and families, and it sets up a tax credit program for those who make donations to such facilities.

“Making sure that people in the community who want to give their dollars, that we’re going to be partners with them to continuing these places,” Nixon said.

House Bill 1576 allows forster care parents who care for children with special needs to qualify for the purchase of state health insurance .

House Bill 1577 provides guidelines to help schools boost the academic success of foster care children.

Nixon was joined by State Representatives Rick Stream and Jeanne Kirkton, who pushed the bills through the legislature.

In a question and answer session following the bill signings, Nixon said he’s worried about the impact the statewide drought on the agriculture economy. The governor also asserted his belief that the state’s economy is growing, despite nationwide concerns of a possible recession.

Nixon was also asked about the upcoming Supreme Court announcement on President Obama’s health care plan. Nixon repeated his opposition to the mandatory coverage portion of the law, saying he “doesn’t think it’s right to force people to buy something.”

The governor was wearing his right arm in a sling. He said he recenlty suffered an “athletic injury,” but offered no details.

Copyright KMOX


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