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State Rep. Allen Andrews

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed legislation into law that will provide Missourians a new way to express their support for law enforcement. The Missouri General Assembly approved the bill during the 2019 session to establish a “Back the Blue” specialty license plate, which Missourians can obtain to show their appreciation for Missouri’s law enforcement officers.

The “Back the Blue” license plate will be entirely voluntary with a ten-dollar contribution collected from the license plate applicant for the Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, which honors those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the citizens of Missouri. The memorial rests on the riverside of the Missouri Capitol and a ceremony is held annually to honor the memory of Missouri’s fallen law enforcement officers. Those who want the plate will also have to pay a $15 fee in addition to normal registration costs.

Until the signing of HB 898, Missouri had several specialty plates for various law enforcement association members, but lacked a single plate Missourians could obtain to show support for law enforcement.

The sponsor of the bill thanked Gov. Parson and her colleagues for moving the legislation into law and for “showing the men and women in law enforcement that we value the service and sacrifices they make in protecting and serving our citizens each and every day.” She added, “We owe them our gratitude and appreciation for the incredible service they provide and the dangers they face to protect our communities. We also must never forget the men and women in law enforcement who have given their lives to serve and protect us.” 

As always, it is an honor to represent you!

Representative Allen Andrews, District 1, Missouri State Capitol, Room 407, 201 West Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO  65101. Telephone: 573-751-9465

Allen Andrews is the First District State Representative.

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