JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson on Wednesday signed a new bill into law, creating several new designations in the state of Missouri.
HB 266, sponsored by Rep. Dave Muntzel, establishes the “Missouri Historical Theater” designation, which will be administered by the Missouri State Council for the Arts. The designation requires a theater to be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, operate for at least 50 years, have an established performance history, and contribute to tourism and arts promotion.
In addition, the legislation also designates the following:
(1) May 26 shall be known as “Battle of St. Louis Memorial Day” to commemorate the only battle of the American Revolution fought in what would become the state of Missouri
(2) July 7 of every year shall be known as “Missouri Sliced Bread Day” to commemorate the first sale of sliced bread in Chillicothe in 1928.
(3) Sept. 9 shall be known as “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Awareness Day” to bring awareness of this childhood cancer
(4) October shall be known as Eczema Awareness Month
(5) Establishes the “Missouri Solar Pollinator Habitat Act”
(6) Requires products labeled “Missouri Bourbon” or “Missouri Bourbon Whiskey” to be mashed, fermented, distilled, aged in oak barrels manufactured in Missouri, and bottled in Missouri. Also, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, all corn used in the mash must be grown in Missouri
(7) This bill also modifies the current definition of “holocaust” as used in the Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission Act so that it no longer is restricted to murders occurring only within Nazi concentration camps.
“I would like to thank Governor Parson for signing this bill into law, and recognizing the value of historic theaters, Missouri grown products, being aware of specific events from the past, and childhood sufferings,” Muntzel said.
In addition to that bill, Gov. Parson also signed off on SB 54, on which Rep. Muntzel served as the House handler of the legislation. That legislation changes a number of provisions relating to insurance companies, and will correct a disincentive against insurance companies reporting errors and help errors get fixed more quickly.
“Quite simply, this will ensure that the money is getting back to the consumers quicker, efficiently, and correctly,” Muntzel said. “I’m proud to have helped push this bill through the legislature, and commend Gov. Parson for taking the next step and signing this into law.”
For more questions, call Rep. Muntzel’s office at 573-751-0169.