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Kansas City police can take part in political activity

Updated: 2013-06-27T21:01:01Z

By DAVE HELLING

Gov. Jay Nixon’s office says he’s signed HB 336, which:

“Specifies that a political subdivision of the state cannot prohibit any first responder from engaging in any political activity while off duty and not in uniform, from being a candidate for elected or appointed public office, or from holding the office, unless the political activity or candidacy is otherwise prohibited by state or federal law.”

Before, Kansas City Missouri police were broadly prohibited from political activity.

Nixon says the law protects the department’s First Amendment rights.

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