Nixon urged to veto employment law change

Black lawmakers say measure will roll back civil rights; proponents say it will make Missouri more competitive

Missouri’s Legislative Black Caucus last week urged Gov. Jay Nixon to veto a bill making several changes in the state’s workplace discrimination laws.

Nixon received the bill a week ago. The Constitution says he has a total of 15 days after he received it to sign or veto the measure.

The governor’s office has not commented on what action he will take.

“Senate Bill 188 virtually rolls back people’s civil rights,” said Rep. Steve Webb, D-Florissant, the Black Caucus’ chairman. “It really destroys some of the protections we have now.”

The proposal was one of the state business community’s “Fix the 6” priority measures that, it says, will make Missouri more competitive and more attractive to new businesses and jobs.

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