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Legislation to strike down mandate for employee health plans drives heated debate

Thousands of messages continue to roll into Gov. Jay Nixon’s office, urging him to sign, or veto, Senate Bill 749, the Missouri Legislature’s declaration that employers can decide not to provide coverage for some health care services — such as abortion, contraception or sterilization — because of their religious beliefs.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said they had received “just over 10,000 e-mails and letters” through last Thursday.

Nixon’s office has not said when the governor will act on the bill, or how he will act on it. But the state Constitution requires him to complete actions by Saturday on all bills passed during this year’s legislative session.

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