Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1877, which strengthens protections against child abuse and neglect.  The bill, which passed the Missouri General Assembly with bipartisan support, will strengthen reporting requirements, helping to ensure that individuals convicted of child abuse are reported to the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry and that the victims of child abuse are seen by a medical professional trained in evaluating abuse. “We have a solemn obligation to protect kids, especially those who have been victims of abuse and neglect,” said Gov. Nixon. “This bipartisan legislation will strengthen our laws against child abuse and neglect, and I am proud to sign it into law today.” HB 1877 also requires the creation of a task force for the purpose of studying and making recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly. The Governor also signed the following bills: House Bill 2355, which creates within the Office of State Court Administration (OSCA) the “Missouri State Juvenile Justice Advisory Board,” to provide recommendations for best practices within the juvenile court system and juvenile officer standards; and Senate Bills 905 and 992, which address the effective date of Missouri’s enactment of the 2008 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).