Ahead of final veto session, Nixon focuses on lesser-known bills

Heading into the Missouri Legislature’s veto session next week, the conversation has largely focused on legislation that would require photo IDs to vote in elections and on a wide-ranging gun bill that would create a “Stand Your Ground” law in Missouri.

But Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday tried to call attention to his qualms about other bills that made it out of the most recent legislative session, including one he said will quadruple what Missourians pay when getting their drivers’ licenses.

Among the other vetoed bills Nixon highlighted are one that removes conflict of interest laws for county commissioners and another that creates a pilot program allowing two wireless-linked trucks to operate on certain state highways, an idea supporters say is more fuel-efficient but Nixon says could be dangerous.

He also expressed concern for a measure that would allow businesses with government contracts to opt out of using a federal E-verify system to ensure employees are authorized to work in the U.S., saying those contracts shouldn’t go to businesses that employ illegal immigrants.

Nixon vetoed 22 bills after the 2016 session ended. He said he’s been actively reaching out to lawmakers and is optimistic they will consider his opinions when they return to Jefferson City on Wednesday.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missourinet, St. Louis Public Radio


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