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Nixon vetoes Mo. lending, voting measures

Nixon vetoes Mo. lending, voting measures

July 3rd, 2013 in News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation on fees for certain types of loans and on voting by elected officials during public meetings.

The two bills were among four vetoed by Nixon on Tuesday.

Nixon criticized the measure that would have raised the fees that lenders could charge for payday, title and consumer installment loans. The Democratic governor said the bill would have helped payday lenders increase their profits at the expense of people struggling with debt.

Nixon was also critical of a bill to allow certain elected officials cast votes by videoconference rather than in person during public meetings without showing a good reason for doing so. He says officials may use technology to participate in meetings but should be expected to show up for votes.

Also among vetoes Nixon announced Wednesday was a bill that sought to restrict lawsuits arising out of traffic accidents that are filed by uninsured motorists against those with insurance. Nixon says the measure is ambiguous and lacks a definition of "uninsured."

The governor also vetoed a measure that attempted to shield from most lawsuits a health care provider who is volunteering to provide the services. He said it's bad policy to deny access to the legal system if someone receives poor medical care.

Uninsured motorists is HB339

Health care is SB129

Loan fees is HB329.

Elected officials votes is SB170.



Also on Wednesday, July 3, 2013:

Nixon signs utility regulation measure

Nixon signs Missouri school health legislation into law

Nixon signs Mo. sexual offenses legislation

Nixon signs measure on Mo. judicial circuits