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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sen. Dan Brown Weekly Column: Religious freedom protected by veto override

  • My Senate colleagues and I on Wednesday (9-12) voted 26-6 in favor of overriding the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 749.
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  • My Senate colleagues and I on Wednesday (9-12) voted 26-6 in favor of overriding the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 749.
    The legislation was originally filed in response to the president’s federal Affordable Health Care Act, which requires employers to offer health care services to employees, even if some of those services are against their moral or religious beliefs.
    As a result of the federal law, a number of employers decided not to offer health insurance plans at all, rather than violate their religious beliefs. The override of this veto results in many provisions in this law taking effect immediately. Other provisions found in the bill will take effect within 30 days of the override.
    I feel this legislation is necessary, because it prevents the government from infringing on our First Amendment rights. It’s important that we continue to strive to keep the government out of our lives and businesses and from forcing religious organizations into violating their beliefs simply to follow a law that disenfranchises their very core existence.
    Always feel free to contact me throughout the year with any comments, questions, or issues by calling my office at (573) 751-5713 or by visiting www.senate.mo.gov/brown.
    Thank you for reading this and for your participation in state government.

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