Missouri Senate bill aims to establish Minutemen of the State

Missouri Senate bill aims to establish Minutemen of the State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KY3) – A state Senate bill seeks to establish Minutemen of the State. Senate Bill 528 would establish minutemen, who the governor may call into service in defense of the state during a state of emergency with the consent of two-thirds of the General Assembly. Republican Senator Bill White from Joplin said his bill would allow ordinary citizens the chance to join forces and help the state through “dire” emergencies ”You know a lot of people want to have that commitment and that feeling if you will, of I am willing to stand up and go do something in that kind of emergency,” White said. While the national guard is a military branch that can do the same, White said this would give everyday Missourians another opportunity to serve and protect the state during the most extreme types of emergencies. ”This is a different level of commitment that I think a lot of people would like the idea of saying okay, in those times of emergency I am willing to be called up. Absolutely,” he said. In Greene County, Sheriff Jim Arnott said citizens often play a vital role during emergencies. ”On my standpoint, I would definitely call on citizens when I need it,” Arnott said. “And I do all the time.” Arnott said the proposal is not much different than a program run by his office. ”I’ve got a great program called Citizens on Patrol, which puts citizens out in a neighborhood driving around in […]

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