Gov. Nixon Signs 22 Bills, Vetoes Seven

7 years 1 week 6 hours ago Friday, July 08 2011 Jul 8, 2011 Friday, July 08, 2011 7:07:00 PM CDT July 08, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a wide-ranging bill dealing with vacancies in state offices, local elections and Missouri's presidential primary.

In his veto message Friday, Nixon cited language requiring special elections to fill vacancies in elected statewide offices rather than having the governor fill them. He also objected to a section on local elections that he says could have canceled municipal elections and barred write-in candidates in hundreds of smaller communities.

The bill would also have delayed Missouri's presidential primary. Nixon says he supports a later primary, but his veto of the entire bill tossed that portion out, too.

Nixon also vetoed legislation amending the state's billboard laws, saying it would limit the power of local governments to regulate signs in their
communities.

The legislation would have barred local governments from prohibiting billboards, although they could still have set rules on the size, height, lighting and spacing of the signs. Nixon announced the veto Friday afternoon. The governor said in a letter the measure would have limited efforts by local officials to preserve the character of their communities.

The governor passed 22 bills and vetoed seven.

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