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The Latest: Glitch leads to veto of Truman statue swap

July 13, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mike Parson signing bills (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Gov. Mike Parson has vetoed a resolution that would remove a statue of former U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton from Washington, D.C., because it accidentally confuses Benton with his great-great-nephew.

The measure was vetoed Friday. Benton is one of two statues currently representing Missouri in the National Statuary Hall collection, and lawmakers voted this year to replace Benton’s likeness with one of former President Harry Truman.

But the proposal delivered to governor instead describes Benton’s distant relative, also named Thomas Hart Benton, who was a famous painter.

Parson wrote that he had no problem replacing Benton with Truman, but the clerical error led him to reject the resolution.

Lawmakers have until the Truman statue is ready in May 2019 to resolve the issue.

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2:50 p.m.

Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill that raises the marriage age in Missouri from 15 to 16.

The measure, signed into law Friday, requires that 16 and 17-year-olds receive parental permission to be married. It also bars someone 21 or older from marrying anyone 17 or younger.

The law also provides a way for people convicted of some sex crimes to be removed from the sex offender registry and removes the statute of limitations for sex crimes against children.

Although the bill passed the Legislature overwhelmingly, some lawmakers say raising the marriage age strips parents of their rights.

Proponents say the marriage change will help combat sex trafficking.

Parson is expected to act on other bills Friday.

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