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Nixon, GOP Clash Over Medicaid, Drivers' Licenses

Posted: May 18, 2013 12:05 PM by Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon began the year with ambitious priorities to start of his second term but ran into a wall of opposition from the Republican Legislature.

Nixon pushed for Medicaid expansion, campaign contribution limits and a longer school year. But those proposals were either soundly defeated or never given a chance during the legislative session that ended Friday.

Instead, lawmakers launched an investigation into Nixon's administration for allegedly infringing on people's privacy rights through new drivers' license procedures.

The Democratic governor fared better when it came to his budget priorities, including increases to education funding. He also was successful in securing additional funding for mental health, domestic violence shelters and export initiatives.

Nixon and Republican leaders also found common ground on replenishing an insolvent fund for injured workers.

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