Missouri first responders would be allowed to engage in political activity under a bill being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The measure would prohibit local governments from restricting the political activities of first responders while they're off-duty and out of uniform. First responders, including firefighters and police, could also not be prohibited by local ordinance from seeking political office.
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The legislation was sponsored by Republican Rep. Dave Hinson, of St. Clair. Hinson is a firefighter and paramedic.
Another version also awaiting Nixon's signature would repeal a law barring Kansas City police officers from serving in political office or engaging in political activity.
Nixon has until mid-July to act on legislation.