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Nuclear power plant legislation signed into law

Nuclear power plant legislation signed into law

June 8th, 2018 by Fulton Sun in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY — Last week, 77 bills were signed into law including one regarding nuclear power plant security.

Rep. Travis Fitzwater's bill strengthens security measures at nuclear power plants in Missouri and defines specifically what armed nuclear security guards can do to provide protection at those facilities.

House Bill 1797 specifies the level of physical force nuclear security guards can use while guarding a nuclear power plant; protects certain nuclear power plant employers from civil liability in carrying out their duties; and increases the penalties associated with trespassing at a nuclear power plant.

"I am proud we were able to move this legislation through the process and sign it into law in one year," Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, said. "This law will be helpful to those charged with protecting some of our most sensitive assets in the country, and it also resolves conflicts between Missouri state statues and federal law."

Commonly known as the Nuclear Power Plant Security Guard Act, the legislation faced little opposition in the state House and Senate. Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, filed a similar bill, Senate Bill 830, and guided HB 1797 through the Senate where it was approved without any opposition. The House approved the final version of the bill by a 116-8 vote.

"This legislation plays a vital role in ensuring the nuclear plant in my district is safe and secure," Riddle said. "The Callaway County nuclear plant provides nearly 1,000 jobs to my community. Providing the plant's security guards with the tools they need to keep the facility safe ensures the safety of our neighbors and the overall safety of our state's only nuclear power plant."

To read the bill in its entirety, visit house.mo.gov/bill.aspx?bill=HB1797&year=2018&code=R.