Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that he vetoed 10 bills passed earlier this year by state lawmakers.
HEALTH CARE: The bill would have expanded religious and moral exemptions from insurance policies covering contraception, sterilization and abortion. Nixon said he supports the religious and ethical exemptions from contraception coverage that already exist in Missouri law and that the bill could have allowed insurance companies to deny birth control coverage to women who want it. SB749
VEHICLE TAXES: Communities would have been able to resume levying local taxes on vehicle purchases, overturning a recent state Supreme Court ruling against the local sales taxes. Nixon said the bill amounted to a new tax that should be subject to approval by voters. HB1329
RABIES VACCINES: Owners of cats or dogs that bite someone would have needed to prove the animal had been vaccinated against rabies or surrender the animal to authorities. Nixon said Missouri already has effective procedures to protect people against rabies and the legislation would create an ambiguous, competing method for dealing with rabies. SB566.
ELECTIONS: The legislation covered several election issues, including property taxes assessed by local law enforcement districts. The bill wrongly referenced a "sales tax" instead of property tax. SB569.
BILLBOARDS: Owners of certain billboards could have converted them to electronic format, as long as the signs complied with state and federal rules. Nixon said he already signed similar legislation and that approving two versions of the same bill would have created confusion over outdoor advertising regulations. SB607.
BANKING: The broad legislation dealt with a range of topics, covering private roads, real estate appraisers and liens on vehicles and watercraft. Nixon said the legislation was too broad and violated state constitutional requirements that bills contain one subject and not be amended beyond their original purpose. SB635.
STATE MILITIA: The legislation would have allowed the state adjutant general to waive the maximum age limit for members of the Missouri Reserve Military Force and repealed a complaint process that allows members of the military to protest to any superior commissioned officer after first addressing their commanding officer. Nixon said the complaint process has been available for 30 years and that it might be useful in certain circumstances. SB715.
ALCOHOL: The bill would have changed the definition of a franchise for agreements between alcohol wholesalers and suppliers. Nixon said the measure could have endangered the state's wineries and inhibited the ability for soybean farmers to develop soy-based beer. SB837.
SMOKING: Farmington would have been allowed to prohibit smoking in certain parts of the eastern Missouri city. The bill mistakenly referred to a definition in state law for "restaurant" instead of for "smoking." HB1250.
CHILD CUSTODY and ADOPTIONS: People who have developed a parental relationship with a child — though they are not the biological parent — could have asked for a court order granting custody and visitation rights. Nixon said the legislation needed further review to avoid unintended consequences and pointed to several drafting errors in the bill. HB1758.