Nixon vetoes two controversial bills - contraception, auto sales tax legislation

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Gov. Jay Nixon (Official photo)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon acted on several bills this morning (Thursday), including controversial legislation to expand a religious exemption for insurance and a bill that would have allowed localities to instate sales tax on used automobiles.

Nixon, under pressure from labor and progressive groups, vetoed legislation Thursday that stated employers and health care providers cannot be compelled to cover abortion, contraception and sterilization services that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs.

“As a person of faith, I cherish the freedom we have,” Nixon said. “For more than a decade, Missouri law has provided strong religious and moral protections.”

Nixon said that with legislation already on the books providing a religious exemption for employers, he does not feel the law should be expanded to allow insurance companies the right to do the same thing.

The governor also vetoed legislation that would allow Missouri localities to instate a sales tax on vehicles sold outside of the state without a vote of the people. Lawmakers passed the legislation after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that localities could only impose a sales tax on automobiles purchased outside of the state only if local voters approved one.

“Voters have the right to decide whether local jurisdictions impose a sales tax,” he said. “I can not support imposing a new tax without the will of the people.”

Nixon vetoed 10 bills Thursday, while signing 12, including one that will expand the number of autism care providers in the state.

Nixon has until Saturday to act on 12 additional bill