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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have changed the penalties for youths trying to get into casinos with fake IDs.

Nixon said in a veto message Monday that the bill would have weakened laws that keep minors out of casinos. Missouri law already bars people younger than 21 from the gambling floor. Current law makes it a misdemeanor to show a false ID at a casino.

The legislation would have lowered that to an infraction but imposed a mandatory $500 fine.

The bill was backed by the casino industry.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the "paycheck protection" bill Tuesday, but he also signed legislation covering a broad range of issues.  The bills and a short description are summarized in a news release on Governor Nixon's website:

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is getting mixed reviews in an audit released Tuesday.  The law enforcement agency is being criticized for spending 5-point-6 million dollars on a new airplane.

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People running short of money could have a new alternative for getting some quick cash under legislation pending before Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

The bill would make it profitable for Missouri-based banks to offer short-term cash advances, similar to payday loans.

Some nationally chartered banks already offer the short-term loans with fees of about $50 on a $500 loan. Missouri law had allowed such loans, but the Missouri Bankers Association says that few banks offered them because the law set the maximum fee too low.

Nixon signs two bills to assist children in foster care

Jun 13, 2013
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Governor Jay Nixon signed two bills today to better assist children in foster care with the transition to adulthood. 

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Governor Jay Nixon continues to speak out against the tax cut bill he vetoed last week, in the hopes that any override attempt this fall will fail.  

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is deciding whether to sign recently passed legislation that would bolster gun rights.

The legislature approved measures that would tackle federal gun laws, allow certain trained school personnel to carry a concealed weapon and change the process for issuing concealed gun permits.

Nixon has until mid-July to sign the bills, veto them or allow them to take effect without his signature.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is considering measures that could send more people convicted of sexually violent crimes to prison with longer sentences.

Lawmakers sent Nixon measures to redefine rape and other violent crimes in an effort put more people behind bars on felony convictions.

Supporters say the measures would increase protections for sexual assault victims. But the state public defender system argues that more people behind bars for longer terms will cost taxpayers.

Legislation seeks to curb welfare fraud

May 16, 2013

Missouri welfare recipients would be barred from spending their cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores or strip clubs under legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol would need to ask lawmakers for permission to purchase vehicles that cost more than $100,000 under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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For the month of April, Missouri employers added more than 12,000 new jobs while the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent.

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The Missouri House is not planning to give Gov. Jay Nixon's administration data related to an attempted access of the list of gun permit holders.

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Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday warned Republican lawmakers that he’ll lay off state workers if full funding isn’t restored to the budget for the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicles division.

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The Missouri Senate has passed additional funding for Capitol repairs, design plans for a new facility at the state mental hospital and for the state parks system.

Republicans in the Missouri Senate have scaled back a proposal to cut state taxes in order to emulate tax cuts in neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma.


Governor Jay Nixon (D) has strongly objected to the bill's sales tax hike, saying it would hurt the poor and elderly the most.  That provision has been dropped.  House Bill 253 would now cut the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points, and phase them both in over the next 10 years.  Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit is handling the measure in the Senate.

Gov. Nixon remains opposed to tax legislation

Apr 25, 2013
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Gov. Jay Nixon says he remains opposed to a bill that would raise the state sales tax while cutting income taxes for individuals and businesses.

Nixon released a statement Thursday saying that a sales tax increase would shift the tax burden to seniors and veterans on fixed incomes. He said it "is not the right approach to growing our economy or creating jobs."

His reaction comes after the House passed a bill Wednesday that would gradually cut the individual income tax by two-thirds of a percentage point over five years while also reducing business taxes.

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Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it is expecting more than 1,000 people to rally at the Missouri Capitol in support of Medicaid expansion. The Democratic governor plans to speak at this afternoon's event as part of his effort to expand Medicaid to more lower-income adults as envisioned by the federal health care law.

Republican legislators so far have refused to embrace a Medicaid expansion. And the prospects may be getter dimmer.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $400,000 in the bank as he makes plans for a 2016 gubernatorial race.

Koster filed a quarterly finance report Monday indicating he had $419,348 in his account as of the end of March. The Democratic attorney general confirmed last week that he is "making the necessary preparations" to run for governor.

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The Missouri House Budget Committee has advanced legislation to abolish a tax credit of up to $750 a year for low-income seniors and disabled people who live in rental housing.

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 Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill today that authorizes tax incentives for large sporting events and for some charitable donations. 

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is continuing to push for a Medicaid expansion, but he's open to alternatives that could use federal money to buy private insurance for lower-income adults.

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The Missouri House has passed a nearly $25 billion budget that would fund modest increases for public education, but not the Medicaid expansion sought by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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The Missouri House has rejected another Democratic effort to add a Medicaid expansion to the state budget.

The House opened debate Tuesday on the state's 2014 budget by defeating an effort to send the budget back to a committee in hopes of adding more than $900 million of federal funds to expand Medicaid for low-income adults.

The defeat of Tuesday's motion was almost a foregone conclusion in the Republican-led House, because the House Budget Committee had previously rejected the Medicaid expansion.

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Nearing the conclusion of a week-long trip to Asia, Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday announced trade agreements with Taiwan and South Korea totaling $1.9 billion in Missouri goods for the next four years.

Nixon says Missouri farmers will feel a positive impact from these arrangements, noting that the state’s corn and soybeans are recognized for their quality, and that Missourians can deliver the quantities within these agreements.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has raised concerns about a Republican-backed Medicaid plan.

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Missouri senators have passed legislation scaling back tax breaks for developers and offering new incentives for high-tech businesses and world trade.

The Senate's 27-7 vote earlier today sends the bill to the House, where it already faces some opposition.

Deadline looms for Missouri decision on health exchange

Feb 14, 2013
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Missouri has less than 24 hours to decide whether it wants to join with the federal government to set up a health exchange in the state.

Gov. Jay Nixon told U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last November that state law prevents him from moving forward with anything without legislative approval. And, there doesn’t appear to be much traction among state lawmakers.

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  Governor Jay Nixon loves to brag about Missouri’s “spotless Triple-A” credit rating and did so again in his State of the State speech. But that rating might be in danger now, according to a statement released by credit rating agency Moody’s on Tuesday.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending the purchase of a new state airplane that can be used by the governor, other state officials and law enforcement officers.

Nixon says the $5.6 million airplane bought by the Missouri State Highway Patrol was a good long-term investment for law enforcement and safety.

The Democratic governor already has flown on the new King Air 250.

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