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First bill out of House honors late-Rep. Cloria Brown


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The first bill taken under consideration for the 2019 regular session has unanimously been given the Missouri House’s stamp of approval. The measure honors a former colleague who died while in office.

In a 150-0 vote on Wednesday morning, the Missouri House approved a measure that would rename part of South Lindbergh Boulevard “Rep. Cloria Brown Memorial Highway.” Brown lost her battle to cancer in March 2018.

HB 448 and 206, introduced by Reps. Patricia Pike and Jim Murphy, passed out the House transportation committee last week and moved quickly through the chamber.

During the perfection debate, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised Brown for her work in the General Assembly.

While in the legislature, Brown fought to combat sex trafficking, introduced a measure to ban texting while driving, and supported a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

A bill first introduced by Brown in 2015 mandating that certain businesses display posters with the phone number to a national human trafficking hotline passed the General Assembly in 2018. It was signed into law by then-Gov. Eric Greitens on March 1, 2018.