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Bills Vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2015

SCS HCS HB 42Wood, DavidGOVERNOR VETOED
Impose restrictions on the ability of students to transfer out of unaccredited school districts. Establish a system for accrediting attendance centers within a district rather than the entire district. Expand provisions for public school funding of virtual courses including programs offered by private companies. In his veto letter, cited a provision that would have authorized public education funds to be spent for virtual education programs operated by private companies.
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  • The veto letter
  • Senate roll call - CCS HB 42 (05/05/2015): Final adoption of the conference version of the unaccredited school transfer bill that also expands funding for charter and online schools.
  • House roll call - CCS HB 42 (05/05/2015): 3rd reading of the conference version of the bill restricting transfer rights of students in unaccredited schools.
  • Senate roll call - SCS HCS HB 42 (04/15/2015): 3rd reading of the Senate version of the House-passed bill to restrict the rights of students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to other districts.
  • House roll call - HCS HB 42 (02/25/2015): 3rd reading of the school transfer bill that imposes restrictions on students transferring out of unaccredited school districts.
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    SS HCS HB 63Dugger, TonyVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Exempt some local governments from a state law imposing requirements on primaries. The SS prohibits a fomer school district superintendent from running for the district's school board. Nixon wrote in his veto letter that the law should encourage rather than prohibit those who aspire to serve in public office.
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  • The veto letter
  • Senate roll call - SS HCS HB 63 (04/08/2015): Senate approval to override the governor's veto of a bill that would prohibit former school superintendents from running for the school board of the same district in which they served.
  • House roll call - SS HCS HB 63 (04/08/2015): House approval to override the governor's veto of a bill that would prohibit former school superintendents from running for the school board of the same district in which they served.
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    SCS HCS HB 116Burlison, EricGOVERNOR VETOED
    "Right to Work." Prohibit requiring an employee to join a union or pay dues to a union. The governor indicated he will veto this bill. Nixon wrote in his veto letter that right to work laws drive down wages and interfere with a business owner's right to contract.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - SCS HCS HB 116 (05/14/2015): Final passage of the Senate version of Right to Work.
  • House roll call - SCS HCS HB 116 (05/13/2015): 3rd reading and final vote of the Senate version of the Right to Work bill that prohibits requiring an employee to join a union or pay union fees.
  • Senate roll call - SCS HB 116 (05/12/2015): 3rd reading of the Right to Work bill to prohibit employers from requiring workers to join unions.
  • Senate roll call - SCS HB 116 (05/12/2015): The second motion to shut off debate, this motion on the 3rd reading of the final Senate version the Right to Work bill.
  • Senate roll call - SCS HB 116 (05/12/2015): First motion to shut off debate on adoption of the committee substitute for the Right to Work bill.
  • House roll call - HCS HB 116 (02/12/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to prohibit requiring an employee to join a union or pay union fees -- what supporters call "right to work."
  • House roll call - HCS HB 116 (02/11/2015): Perfection of a bill to prohibit requiring an employee to join a union or pay union fees -- what supporters call "right to work."
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    HB 150Fitzpatrick, ScottVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Lower of weeks a person can get unemployment benefits when the unemployment rate drops. During periods when unemployment drops below 6 percent, the maximum number of weeks for benefits would be cut from 20 weeks to 13 weeks. Nixon charged in his veto letter that the reduction would inflict additional pain on persons out of work.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - HB 150 (05/12/2015): Adoption of a motion to override the governor's veto of a bill that would reduce the number of weeks of unemployment compensation during periods of high employment.
  • House roll call - HB 150 (04/21/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of the Senate version of a House passed bill to provide a mechanism for reducing unemployment compensation benefits.
  • Senate roll call - HB 150 (04/15/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to restrict unemployment compensation benefits.
  • House roll call - HB 150 (02/04/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to reduce unemployment benefits when the unemployment rate declines.
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    HB 326Leara, MikeGOVERNOR VETOED
    Restrict to defined benefit plans a law that requires a program for training members of various government-worker pension boards. Nixon wrote retirement board members need training because of the complexity of the issues before government retirement boards.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - HB 326 (03/31/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to limit the government-worker pension boards that are covered by a law requiring training of the board members.
  • Senate roll call - HB 326 (05/05/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of a bill to limit the government-worker pension boards that are covered by a law requiring training of the board members.
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    SCS HCS HB 618Fraker, LyndallVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Give a funeral director power to let a majority of those with equal priority to determine the disposition of a dead body if there is a disagreement. The final version of the bill expands the types of licensed professionals who can issue death certificates including advanced practice nurses. Nixon wrote in his veto letter that expanding who could issue death certificates could put vital records at risk.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - HCS HB 618 (04/22/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to deal with disposition of a dead body if there is disagreement among those with authority to make the decision.
  • Senate roll call - SCS HCS HB 618 (05/05/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to deal with disposition of a dead body if there is disagreement among those with authority to make the decision.
  • House roll call - SCS HCS HB 618 (05/15/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of a bill to deal with disposition of a dead body if there is disagreement among those with authority to make the decision.
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    HB 629Leara, MikeGOVERNOR VETOED
    Allow rollover of retirement benefits to another retirement plan by a non-spouse beneficiary in the Kansas City retirement system. The final version of the bill added a provision requiring a charter school teacher or administrator be on the retirement boards of St. Louis and Kansas City. In his veto letter, Nixon wrote that the bill had a technical wording error that would require a teacher from Kansas City be on the St. Louis teacher retirement board.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - HB 629 (03/21/2015): 3rd reading of a bill involving rollover of retirement benefits in the Kansas City retirement system.
  • Senate roll call - HB 629 (04/29/2015): 3rd reading of a bill involving rollover of retirement benefits in the Kansas City retirement system.
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    SS HCS HB 722Shaul, DanVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Prohibit local government from requiring a minimum wage that is higher than what is required by state or federal law. Also prohibit cities from banning stores from offering plastic bags. In his veto letter, Nixon termed the the bill an intrusion and unwarranted interference with the power of local government.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - HCS HB 722 (03/19/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to ban cities from banning plastic bags for groceries or other purchases.
  • Senate roll call - SS HCS HB 722 (05/05/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to ban cities from banning plastic bags for holding items purchased at stores.
  • House roll call - HB 722 (04/07/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to create a separate circuit court in Independence.
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    SS HB 799Roeber, RebeccaGOVERNOR VETOED
    Move one circuit court division from Kansas City to Independence. The amended SS contains other unrelated judicial provisions including new fees for some court cases. Nixon argued in his veto letter that if additional revenue is needed for the various projects that would be funded by the fees, a tax increase should be submitted to the voters.
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  • The veto letter
  • Senate roll call - SS HB 799 (05/06/2015): 3rd reading of a SS added a number of provisions including extra fees to a bill that originally just established a separate circuit court division in Independence.
  • House roll call - SS HB 799 (05/13/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of the Senate version of a court bill that raises some court fees and makes a number of other changes beyond the original bill.
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    SCS HB 878Rhoads, ShawnVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Give the Public Safety Department power to commission corporate security advisers. Deny licensed corporate security advisers arrest powers unless commissioned by the department. Grant immunity to the department from lawsuits for commissioning corporate security officers. Nixon's veto letter argued that the bill would give private security officers police powers including the power of arrest and to search private property.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - SCS HB 878 (03/16/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to create commissions for corporate security advisers.
  • Senate roll call - SCS HB 878 (04/29/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to create commissions for corporate security advisers.
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    HB 1022Gosen, DonVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Let an insurance policy provide a refund for a person who has not had a claim within a defined period of time. Declare that such refunds will not be considered an unfair trade practice. Nixon's veto letter cited a provision in the bill that would give an insurance company the right to not disclose to a policy holder the provisions for refunds.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - HB 1022 (04/09/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to allow refunds to an insurance policy holder who does not make a claim.
  • Senate roll call - HB 1022 (05/05/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to allow refunds to an insurance policy holder who does not make a claim.
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    HCS HB 1098Crawford, SandyVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Various changes involving out-of-state banks and trust companies. Let an out-of-state institution avoid a Missouri requirement for the minimum capital required if the company meets the requirements in its own state. In his veto letter, Nixon wrote that provision would cause Missouri financial institutions to face stronger requirements than competing non-Missouri firms operating in Missouri.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - HCS HB 1098 (04/07/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to ease requirements on out-of-state financial institutions.
  • Senate roll call - HCS HB 1098 (05/04/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to ease requirements on out-of-state financial institutions.
  • House roll call - HCS HB 1098 (05/13/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of a bill to ease requirements on out-of-state financial institutions.
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    SB 20Kraus, WillVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Provide a sales tax exemption for energy, machinery and material purchases by commercial laundries. In his veto letter, Nixon termed it poor tax policy to award a tax break to businesses that wash dirty clothes, but deny the same tax break to other types companies.
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  • The veto letter
  • Senate roll call - SB 20 (04/09/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to provide a tax break for commercial laundries.
  • House roll call - SCS SB 20 (05/15/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of a bill to provide a tax break for commercial laundries.
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    CCS SB 24Sater, DavidVETO OVERRIDDEN
    The final CCS would impose work-program restrictions on the welfare programs. Expand the requirement for seeking a job for food stamps and impose a 45 month life-time limit for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). In his veto letter, Nixon termed it poor tax policy to award a tax break to businesses that wash dirty clothes, but deny the same tax break to manufacturing companies.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - CCS SB 24 (05/05/2015): Final vote that overrode the governor's veto of a bill to impose restrictions on one of the state's major welfare programs, TANF.
  • Senate roll call - CCS SB 24 (05/04/2015): Vote to override the governor's veto of a bill to impose restrictions on one of the state's major welfare programs, TANF.
  • Senate roll call - CCS SB 24 (04/14/2015): 3rd reading of the final version of a bill to impose restrictions on one of the state's major welfare program -- Temporary Assistance to Needy Famlies.
  • House roll call - HCS SS SB 24 (03/18/2015): 3rd reading of the House version of a Senate bill to impose restrictions on welfare.
  • Senate roll call - SS SB 24 (02/23/2015): Senate 3rd reading of a bill to impose restrictions and a shorter time limit on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
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    CCS SB 67Cunningham, MikeGOVERNOR VETOED
    Impose an extra $10 surcharge in a court proceeding in Howell County to finance a new county justice center. The final version includes a number of unrelated circuit court and municipal court provisions and extra court fees. In his veto letter, Nixon charged the extra fees could pose a barrier to court access for civil litigants. "The proliferation of excessive court fees is recasting the role of the courts into revenue generators for speical projects," Nixon wrote.
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  • The veto letter
  • Senate roll call - SS SB 67 (03/12/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to authorize extra fees in some courts.
  • House roll call - HCS SS SB 67 (04/29/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to authorize extra fees in some courts with expanded fees approved by the House.
  • Senate roll call - CCS SB 67 (05/06/2015): 3rd reading the conference version of a bill to authorize extra fees in some courts.
  • House roll call - CCS SB 67 (05/15/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of the conference version of a bill to authorize extra fees in some courts.
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    SS SB 142Romine, GaryVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Require the Natural Resources Department file with the legsilature a regulatory impact statement at least one month before submitting any implementation plan to federal Environmental Protection Agency. Nixon's veto letter claims the bill contained drafting errors including reference to a federal law that does not actually exist.
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  • The veto letter
  • Senate roll call - SS SB 142 (04/23/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to impose restrictions on the Natural Resources Dept. to implement EPA rules.
  • House roll call - SS SB 142 (05/15/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of a bill to impose restrictions on the Natural Resources Dept. to implement EPA rules.
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    SCS SB 224Romine, GaryVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Restrict the A+ scholarship program for college students to U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. In his veto letter, Nixon wrote that the bill would penalize students who came to the U.S. through no choice or action of their own.
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  • The veto letter
  • House roll call - SCS SB 224 (05/05/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of a bill to limit the A+ college scholarship program to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Senate roll call - SCS SB 224 (03/16/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to limit the A+ college scholarship program to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
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    SCS SB 345Wasson, JayVETO OVERRIDDEN
    Raise various fees charged by the Division of Finance that regulates banks and other types of financial institutions. The final version of the bill increases the maximum fee a lender can charge for some types of loans. Nixon wrote the increases would have the greatest impact on persons of limited means who take out relative small loans.
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  • The veto letter
  • Senate roll call - SCS SB 345 (04/02/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to raise state fees charged to financial institutions.
  • House roll call - SCS SB 345 (05/06/2015): 3rd reading of a bill to raise state fees charged to financial institutions.
  • Senate roll call - SCS SB 345 (05/06/2015): 3rd reading and final passage of a bill to raise state fees charged to financial institutions.
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