Gov. Nixon Vetoes Bills on Holidays, Agenda 21
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a pair of bills that he says would have imposed new mandates on governments to solve problems that don't exist.
One of the bills vetoed Monday would have banned public entities from restricting celebrations or discussions of federal holidays. Though it could have protected religious-oriented holidays such as Christmas, Nixon said it also could have hampered efforts to enforce fireworks ordinances around Independence Day.
The other vetoed bill would have forbidden governments from enacting policies traceable to Agenda 21 --a nonbinding resolution adopted in 1992 by the United Nations that encouraged sustainable development.
The Democratic governor said both bills passed by the Republican-led Legislature attempt to fight imaginary problems but could have caused real headaches for officials in local communities.