WHEREAS, on March 22, 2004, the United States Department of the Army gave notice, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2683, that the United States relinquishes and retrocedes jurisdiction as necessary so as to hold a proprietary interest in 17.89 acres located in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, commonly known as the St. Louis Army Ammunition Plant ("SLAAP"); and
WHEREAS, the State of Missouri ceded "exclusive jurisdiction" over 293.641 acres acquired for use by the United States, which became known as the SLAAP, pursuant to House Bill No. 397, 62nd Legislative Session, 1943, and the United States accepted jurisdiction over the SLAAP site by letter of general acceptance from the Acting Secretary of the Army to the Governor of Missouri, dated September 7, 1943; and
WHEREAS, in 1961, the United States transferred accountability for most of the acreage to the General Services Administration, which agency then disposed of those acres, and at that time, due to the disposal, jurisdiction over those acres automatically retroceded to the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, the United States declared the remaining government-owned acres inactive and placed them in caretaker status several years ago; and
WHEREAS, retrocession of legislative jurisdiction will allow the state, county and municipality, as appropriate, where the SLAAP is located to enforce their laws and ordinances over the area; and
WHEREAS, § 12.028, RSMo, provides that the Governor may, by appropriate Executive Order, accept on behalf of the State of Missouri full or partial retrocession of federal jurisdiction, criminal or civil, over any lands, except Indian lands, in federal enclaves within the state where such retrocession has been offered by an appropriate federal authority, and such Executive Order accepting a retrocession of jurisdiction shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the office of the Recorder of Deeds in the county (or city) in which the affected real estate is located; and
WHEREAS, if legislative jurisdiction is retroceded, the State of Missouri will exercise exclusive jurisdiction over the SLAAP.
NOW, THEREFORE, 1, BOB HOLDEN, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, including § 12.028, RSMo, do hereby accept on behalf of the State of Missouri retrocession of federal jurisdiction over the SLAAP, the legal description of which is attached hereto as Exhibit A, and by this reference, incorporated herein, retrocession of federal jurisdiction being offered by an appropriate federal authority. This Executive Order accepting retrocession of jurisdiction shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the office of the Recorder of Deeds for the city of St. Louis, Missouri.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the city of Jefferson, on this 25th day of August, 2004.
[Bob Holden's signature]
[Matt Blunt's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
Exibit "A" attached