Thursday, April 28, 2011


For Immediate Release

Gov. Jay Nixon to Veto Senate Bill 188
that would undermine Missouri’s enforcement and protection of human rights as required by the Missouri Human Rights Act by legalizing and legitimizing discrimination in Missouri 

Gov. Nixon will hold a press conference on the steps of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis to announce veto of Senate Bill 188

At 1 p.m. Friday (April 29), Gov. Jay Nixon will visit the Old Courthouse in St. Louis to veto Senate Bill 188.  Unless vetoed, the bill would undermine key provisions of the Missouri Human Rights Act, rolling back decades of progress in protecting civil rights.

For a detailed review of the Jefferson City, NAACP’s objections to SB 188 see our blog at

“This bill would make it harder to prove discrimination in the workplace, and would throw new hurdles in the path of those whose rights have been violated,” Gov. Nixon said earlier this week. “That is unacceptable.”  Nimrod Chapel, Jr., President of the Jefferson City, MO NAACP will witness firsthand, “Governor Nixon’s veto of this bill that would have affected every Missourian adversely.”

The Governor will be joined by members of the Jefferson City, MO NAACP and a broad coalition of Missourians as he vetoes this legislation.  “Please join us in celebrating Governor Nixon’s good leadership in action as SB 188 is vetoed.”  said Chapel.

Friday,  April 29, 2011

WHO:             Governor Jay Nixon

WHAT:          Press conference to veto Senate Bill 188 regarding the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination

WHEN:          1 p.m.
                        Friday, April 29

WHERE:       Old Courthouse
11 North 4th Street
St. Louis, Missouri

Please note: The Governor’s announcement will take place on the Broadway side of the Old Courthouse.  Broadway will be closed from Chestnut to Market for this event to accommodate the audience and parking for individuals with disabilities.

For planning purposes, if you are with the media - please e-mail if you plan to cover this event (he has the best access the Governor and other logistics).  Questions related the Jefferson City NAACP can be directed to Nimrod Chapel, Jr.,

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