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Governor Jay Nixon Signs Identiy Theft, Domestic Violence Bills Into Law

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Governor Jay Nixon signed several bills into law, including one designed to prevent identity theft.  

The measure makes it a class A misdemeanor to possess stolen credit card information or devises, even if the info or devise has not been used after being stolen.  In a written statement, Nixon praised lawmakers for passing the bill, saying it will give law enforcement another tool to use against hackers and identity thieves.  It won’t take effect until January. 

Another provision of the new law takes effect in August – it makes stealing from a financial institution a class B felony even if violence was not involved.  Nixon also signed legislation that lets domestic violence victims keep their current cell phone numbers when they open a new wireless service account.  That bill also takes effect in August.  

Missouri Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., Ole Miss), and has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Mason, and their cat, Honey.