Gov. Jay Nixon signs, vetoes slew of bills

Gov. Jay Nixon took action on 15 bills Tuesday, signing seven and vetoing eight.

Nixon signed legislation providing a tax exemption for Missouri residents who are active-duty members of the Armed Forces stationed in the state. It allows these individuals to receive an income tax deduction for income earned. An active-duty member’s income can also be deducted for the combined income with a spouse to discover the couple’s taxable income.

Nixon also signed bills that give nonprofits greater chance to receive tax refunds; allow businesses to file W-2 forms electronically; mandates public water systems notify customers before adding or removing fluoridation from the water supply; specify how property that is not being mined but could be in the future will be assessed based on how the real property is being used; create a tax exemption for particular medical equipment; and clarify a state and local tax exemption for internet access and use.

Nixon also vetoed a host of legislation, including creating stricter courtroom qualifications for expert witnesses; changing the collateral source rule; making negligent animal owners liable for damages to another’s property; creating a tax break for those who paid taxes on money from federal agricultural disaster payments; allowing income tax deduction for companies who switch to employee ownership; and making changes to the Clean Water Commission member requirements.

Read more: Jefferson City News Tribune


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