Legislative leaders wrangle over bills with Nixon

Apr 17, 2012

Republican leaders in the Missouri House say they’ve been negotiating with Democratic Governor Jay Nixon over the two bills he vetoed in March.

The governor vetoed bills that would redefine workplace discrimination and that would place occupational disease claims solely within the workers’ compensation system.  House Speaker Steven Tilley says discussions have been productive, but that there’s been no compromise reached yet:

“I’m not saying we’re not going to get to that point, and I suspect the talks will be ongoing, but last week was the first week we’ve actually had a substantive meeting with the governor and hopefully those continue and incremental progress is better than no progress,” Tilley said.

A spokesman for the Governor’s office described the meeting as productive.  Meanwhile, a House Committee has passed a scaled-back bill that would NOT redefine workplace discrimination as a motivating factor and deals mainly with protecting whistleblowers.