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Gov. Parson pushes for reciprocity for military spouses

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson wants to make it easier for military spouses to work in the state.

Parson made a stop in Hannibal to talk to local military members and their spouses about two bills that, if passed, would grant reciprocity for military spouses when it comes to occupational licenses or certificates like in teaching or nursing.

Parson said a law like this would not only help military families but could also help grow the states workforce.

"In the military, these are major moves for families, for their children and their spouses and I think one of the biggest worries they have, over 50 percent of them when they make this move, they are worried about the employment of their spouses," said Parson.

Parson said he hopes state lawmakers attach an emergency clause to one of the bills to make it take effect as soon as its passed and signed by him. If one of the bills pass without it, he said the law wouldn’t take effect until August.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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