Missouri governor calls for new veterans hiring law

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he wants lawmakers to send him a bill to protect private employers from legal challenges if they give preference to veterans in hiring and promotions.

The proposed policy change is part of Greitens’ larger push to, as he describes it, “make this the best state in the country for veterans.” Greitens campaigned heavily on his military experience as a Navy SEAL and pledged to help other former service members.

But two St. Louis employment attorneys say rolling back a bill Greitens signed last year that they say makes it harder for people with disabilities to sue for discrimination would benefit veterans more.

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