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Gov. Nixon vetoes bill that would allow quarries near schools in Cape Girardeau Co.

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Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have allowed mining operations to mine with-in 1000 feet of cape Girardeau county schools.

Current law does not allow the permitting of mining operations within 1,000 feet of any property on which an accredited school has been located for at least five years. 

Senate Bill 342 would eliminate this protection for school children in Cape Girardeau County and nowhere else.

In his response to the Secretary of State, Nixon said, "It is generally objectionable to excuse a select industry or company from an existing standard to which all other like entities are held. It is even more offensive to suggest that school children in Cape Girardeau County should receive any less protection than children in all other parts of the state."

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