With the annual veto session set for next week, Gov. Jay Nixon went over his veto messages during a news conference in the Capitol. Each bill that reaches his desk receives word-by-word scrutiny before he takes action on it, the Governor said. The bills he vetoed do not move the state forward, he said, and the veto messages present the reasons for the vetoes in a clear, concise manner.
“These are well-crafted and well-researched messages that present, in very specific terms, the legal and policy reasons why those bills have been vetoed,” Gov. Nixon said. “One vetoed bill, for example, would impose a new fee on Missourians when they get a driver’s license or register a vehicle. Another would make it easier for companies that hire illegal workers to obtain government contracts. We give clear reasons for these vetoes, and I encourage Missourians to look at those messages.”
The vetoed bills that may be taken up by the General Assembly are listed below. The list includes the name of the bill sponsor, along with a link to the veto message:
HB 1414 Rep. Jay Houghton, District 43
– House Bill 1414 reduces government transparency by exempting data collected by state agencies from disclosure under Missouri’s sunshine law.
HB1432 Rep. Rob Vescovo, District 112
– House Bill 1432 would make it more difficult for employers to take disciplinary action against employees that have engaged in malfeasance.
HB 1474 Former Rep. Tony Dugger, District 141
– House Bill 1474 does not provide sufficient time for the Missouri Ethics Commission to implement certain changes. The Governor signed SB 786 that contains these changes and provides time for their implementation.
HB 1631 Rep. Justin Alferman, District 61
– By requiring a photo ID to vote, House Bill 1631 would make voting more difficult for qualified voters and disenfranchise certain classes of people.
HB 1713 Rep. Tim Remole, District 6
– House Bill 1713 would shift the balance of power on the Missouri Clean Water Commission from the public interest in favor of regulated interests.
HB1733 Rep. Charlie Davis, District 162
– House Bill 1733 would make Missouri roadways less safe by allowing automated long-haul trucks on certain Missouri highways.
HB 1763 Rep. Noel Shull, District 16
– House Bill 1763 contains a drafting error by using the word “insured” instead of “insurer.”
HB 1870 Rep. Denny Hoskins, District 54
– House Bill 1870 would make it easier for businesses that hire illegal workers to obtain government contracts or tax credits by eliminating the requirement to use the free E-Verify program.
HB 1976 Rep. Denny Hoskins, District 54
– House Bill 1976 would take away the legal right of consumers to obtain refunds if they cancel their vehicle extended service contracts.
HB 2011 Rep. Tom Flanigan, District 163
– House Bill 2011 would unfairly exempt select health care providers from the requirement to pay for their participation in the Missouri Health Connection, as called for under existing contracts.
HB 2030 Rep. Denny Hoskins, District 54
– House Bill 2030 includes a special-interest tax break that could reduce state revenues by as much as $10.3 million annually and would only benefit those earning capital gains from the sale of employer securities in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
HB 2237 Rep. Caleb Rowden, District 44
– House Bill 2237 would invalidate all conflict of interest laws that currently prohibit county commissioners from voting on items from which they would financially benefit.
SB 591 Sen. Mike Parson, District 28
– Senate Bill 591 does away with Missouri’s well-established criteria on expert testimony and replaces it with a much more intricate, complicated and costly procedure.
SB 608 Sen. David Sater, District 29
– Senate Bill 608 would impose new penalties and fees on low-income families, the aged, blind and disabled who participate in Medicaid.
SB 641 Sen. Dave Schatz, District 26
– Senate Bill 641 is a special interest tax break that would be unique in the country by providing retroactive tax refunds for past disaster payments. The bill cost as much as $50 million in the current fiscal year.
SB 656 Sen. Brian Munzlinger, District 18
– Senate Bill 656 would allow individuals, including those from other states, to legally carry a concealed firearm even though they have been denied a permit because their background check revealed criminal offenses or caused the sheriff to believe they posed a danger. The bill also eliminates any training requirement for the permit.
SB 844 Sen. Mike Parson, District 28
– Senate Bill 844 would infringe upon landowners’ right by weakening safeguards put in place to protect them from damage caused by another person’s escaped livestock
SB 847 Sen. Ed Emery, District 31
– Senate Bill 847 would undermine an injured Missourian’s ability to fully and fairly establish their damages resulting from the harm they suffered as the result of someone else’s carelessness.
SB 867 Sen. David Sater, District 29
– Senate Bill 867 would raise fees on Missourians at local license offices without providing any new or additional services.
SB 994 Sen. Brian Munzlinger, District 18
– Senate Bill 994 would violate the Missouri Constitution by spending public money on a private purpose.
SB 1025 Sen. Will Kraus, District 8
– Senate Bill 1025 includes a special tax break for dance and gymnastics classes that would require cutting up to $8 million each year from other essential services.