JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Missouri's governor appealed to state lawmakers Wednesday to pay attention to the fine print in the laws he has vetoed. Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is facing a veto session next week where the Republicans have the votes to easily override all of his vetoes. Nixon warned some of the bills would cause long-term harm for citizens. One measure reduces consumer rights for those who purchase an extended warranty on a product. Another would eliminate the requirement to use the E-verify system to identify illegal workers when companies receive state contracts.
Governor Nixon complained that law had been passed in a bipartisan vote nine years ago.
He also opposes Senate Bill 656 which would change the bipartisan, three-year-old conceal and carry law by eliminating required training for handgun permits.
Nixon has been over ridden numerous times by the Republican dominated legislature during his second term as governor. He said Wednesday "if they want to add to their statistics by jacking up fees on vehicle licenses, they ought to be accountable for it." He opposes a bill which he says would raise the cost of license plates 3 to 4 times.
Nixon is particularly concerned about a pilot program the legislature authorized to permit long haul trucks operated in tandem in an automated system on certain Missouri highways. "Heck, Tesla had one go bad, "the governor said. That driverless vehicle ran off the road. "Do we want Missouri to be the experiment with the longest trucks anywhere?" the governor asked.
Another controversial measure would require specific government issued photo IDs in order to cast a vote in Missouri. In general, Democrats have opposed that idea while Republicans support it. Nixon opposes House Bill 1631 pointing out anyone without the proper ID would have to go to a separate line, swear they are who they say they are and have a photo taken before being allowed to vote. That he argues would detour voting by senior citizens and low income voters who may change their addresses frequently.
The veto session begins Wednesday, September 14.