JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, applauded Missouri Governor Parson for signing two pieces of legislation that she co-sponsored during the 2019 legislative session.
House Bill 499 creates several new highway designations, including naming a portion of I-70 in St. Louis from the Salisbury Street overpass to Goodfellow Blvd. overpass after former Sen. Paula Carter.
“Senator Paula Carter was a champion for physical and mental health services for African-Americans, minorities and the less fortunate,” said Sen. Nasheed. “Our state is in a better place because of her time in the Legislature. I am glad to see the state honor her legacy of service with this highway designation.”
Additionally, the governor signed Senate Bill 1, which Sen. Nasheed co-sponsored as well. This legislation expands expungement opportunities for those with non-violent offences.
“It is great to see such an important piece of criminal justice reform signed into law,” said Sen. Nasheed. “The expungement process provides an important path forward for ex-offenders to move on with their lives. Even after paying their debt to society, former offenders can still face barriers to finding good paying jobs and adequate housing because of their pasts. Senate Bill 1 provides these individuals with a fresh start and the means to pursue a law-abiding life.”