Gov. Nixon vetoes license fee bill, signs several other bills

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Thursday, June 23 2016 Jun 23, 2016 Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:27:00 PM CDT June 23, 2016 in News
By: Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon signed and vetoed several bills that have come across his desk since the last legislative session ended.

According to a press release, Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 867, which would have imposed a $2 notary fee for certain licenses, including motor vehicle registrations. Because of Nixon’s veto, license offices cannot charge this proposed fee for an “electronic transmission” or “electronic look-up.”

“Missourians should not be asked to pay yet another new government fee to receive the same service they receive today, and certainly not by way of an eleventh-hour amendment to an already swollen omnibus bill stretched far beyond the bill’s original purpose,” Nixon said.

Nixon signed several bills including Senate Bill 947, which requires rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, and the drivers that work for them to maintain automobile insurance. The law set minimum insurance requirements at $1 million if death, injury or property damage happens while a rideshare driver is on their way to pick up a fare or while they are transporting the fare. It will require that the rideshare company’s insurance applies if the driver’s insurance does not provide enough coverage.

“This is an important measure that will protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians by ensuring Missouri’s insurance laws keep up with the emergence of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft,” Nixon said. “I thank the General Assembly for working in a bipartisan way to strengthen our insurance laws to account for these new technologies.”

Nixon signed House Bill 2194, which specifies that insurance companies must notify customers when they transfer auto or homeowner policies between affiliated insurers.

Nixon signed other laws that designate certain months as official awareness months. September will be “Suicide Awareness Month,” May will be “Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month,” and October will be “Brachial Plexus Awareness Month.”

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