Missouri lawmakers override veto, relax conceal and carry rules - KMOV.com

Missouri lawmakers override veto, relax conceal and carry rules

Posted: Updated:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's legislative session to consider overriding gubernatorial vetoes (all times local):

10:00 p.m.

Missouri lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill allowing more people to carry concealed guns and giving them greater legal protections for defending themselves.

The Republican-led Senate voted 24-6 Wednesday to override the veto of the Democratic governor. The measure later passed the House.

The legislation will allow most people to carry concealed guns without needing a permit. That means they won't have to go through the training currently required for permit holders. Missouri will join 10 other states with what supporters describe as a "constitutional carry" right. The section of the law dealing with conceal and carry takes effect in 30 days.

The measure also expands legal protections for those who use deadly force to defend themselves in both public and private places. That part of the law takes effect on January 1.

___

5 p.m.

Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a measure to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The Republican-led Legislature overturned the Democratic governor's veto Wednesday after GOP senators forced an end to debate.

Lawmakers' action is the first step to enact the policy in the state. Voters on Nov. 8 also must vote to amend the Missouri Constitution to allow for a photo identification law in order for the policy to be enacted.

That's needed because the Missouri Supreme Court has previously found voter photo ID laws to be unconstitutional.

Supporters say photo ID is needed to prevent fraud. Opponents say that's not a problem in Missouri, and it will disenfranchise the elderly, disabled people and others who might struggle to obtain the needed identification.

___

4:05 p.m.

A newly enacted law will exempt Missouri livestock owners from having to pay for damage caused by wandering cattle and horses unless they were negligent.

The House voted 114-40 Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill, following a 24-7 vote in the Senate.

Under previous law, livestock owners were responsible for covering the costs of any damage caused by their escaped animals.

The new law will hold them financially responsible only if they are negligent. Nixon says it wrongly shifts the repair costs to innocent people whose property gets damaged by someone else's livestock.

Sen. Mike Parson is the sponsor of the new law. He says it's not fair to make farmers pay if their animals get loose because a fence has been damaged by someone else.

___

3:35 p.m.

Dance classes and karate lessons could become tax-free under a bill enacted by lawmakers over Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.

The legislation approved Wednesday ads "instructional classes" to a list of items exempt from sales taxes.

The Democratic governor had vetoed the bill because he said it could cost the state $8 million in lost taxes this year and an equal amount for local governments.

Some lawmakers dispute that estimate. An analysis by legislative research staff put the potential cost at over $100,000.

Sales tax already is charged at places of amusement and recreation.

The bill seeks to reverse the effects of a 2008 state Supreme Court ruling, which said a fitness center needed to pay taxes on fees for personal training services.

____

2:05 p.m.

Legislation to allow big trucks to drive closer together using new technology has died in Missouri.

The Republican-led House on Wednesday voted 100-57 in favor of the bill, nine votes short of what's needed to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.

The measure would have allowed the state Highways and Transportation Commission to create a testing program in which trucks can drive within 50 feet of each other using technology that syncs the trucks to brake or accelerate with each other.

Nixon says that could be dangerous, and isn't worth the risk to highway drivers.

The legislation also would have allowed transportation vehicles to flash red and blue lights on highways. The goal was to protect workers by signaling to other drivers to slow down, but Nixon said that's confusing.

___

1:15 p.m.

The Missouri House has taken the first step toward overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The House voted 115-41 Wednesday to override the veto. That sends the measure to the Senate, where a similar two-thirds vote is needed to complete the override.

The legislation would require voters to show a photo ID starting in 2017, if a separate proposed constitutional amendment authorizing a photo ID mandate is approved on the November ballot.

Missouri's proposed requirement contains numerous exceptions. If voters swear they don't have photo IDs, they would still be allowed to vote by showing other forms of identification. The bill also requires the state to pay for photo IDs for those lacking them.

___

12:40 p.m.

A Democratic state senator from St. Louis is refusing to stand while her colleagues recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the Missouri Capitol.

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed says she sat while others said the pledge at the start of Wednesday's short session as a form of protest.

She says she acted in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the national anthem all season in protest of police brutality and racial oppression in the United States.

Nasheed says she wants to call attention to those issues and isn't "anti-America." Nasheed's protest was met with silence in the chamber, unlike Kaepernick, who has been booed for kneeling during the anthem.

But Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says the pledge is an opportunity for unity.

___

12:20 p.m.

Missouri lawmakers have convened to consider overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes of a high-profile guns bill and a voter photo identification requirement.

The two bills are among about 20 vetoed measures on the agenda Wednesday for lawmakers in a short session devoted to overrides.

One bill would allow most people to carry concealed guns, even if they haven't gone through training required for permits. The measure also would expand legal protections for those who use deadly force to defend themselves.

Another bill would require voters to show photo identification at the polls, if a separate proposed constitutional amendment also is adopted on the November ballot.

Veto overrides require a two-thirds vote of both chambers. Republicans hold supermajorities, so they can override the Democratic governor if they stick together.

___

11 a.m.

Gun control advocates and gun rights supporters are fanning out through the Missouri Capitol, lobbying lawmakers on a bill that would allow most people to carry concealed weapons without needing permits.

Missouri lawmakers are to consider Wednesday whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the high-profile legislation.

The National Rifle Association set up shop in the Rotunda between the House and Senate and dispatched scores of volunteers to talk to lawmakers in support of the legislation. The organization distributed signs saying, "NRA. Stand and Fight."

Meanwhile, about 150 people rallied with the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Participants spoke about family members who were fatally shot, and chapter leader Becky Morgan says the group will oppose lawmakers who vote to enact the bill when they're up for election.

___

12:35 a.m.

Missouri lawmakers are poised to relax the state's gun laws and tighten its voting requirements as they consider overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes.

The Republican-led Legislature will convene Wednesday for a short session devoted to veto overrides.

The top vetoed bills include a proposal to allow most people to carry concealed guns even if they haven't gone through training required for permits. The measure also would expand legal protections for those who use deadly force to defend themselves.

Another bill up for a potential veto override would require voters to show photo identification at the polls, if a proposed constitutional amendment also is adopted on the November ballot.

Both the gun and voting measures originally passed with enough support to override Nixon if lawmakers stick to their original votes.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Watch News 4 Now

Mouse over player for controls · LAUNCH FULL PLAYER

Powered by Frankly