A bill named for a Cape Girardeau girl who died in 2007 after a long battle with a cancerous brain tumor has now passed both the Missouri House and Senate. Sahara's law was created in memory of 13-year-old Sahara Aldridge. Her parents, Amy and Shannon, wanted to help support cancer research and pay tribute to their daughter. Sahara's Law would allow Missouri taxpayers to donate at least a dollar of their state income tax refund to pediatric cancer research. The amount has to be at least two dollars on a combined return. The House voted 137-0 in favor of the bill, and it was sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford. It now moves to Governor Jay Nixon's desk, and if signed will go in effect on August 28. The state treasurer would be required to distribute all money to the CureSearch for Children's Cancer fund.
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