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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signing Senate Bill 689 into law

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signing Senate Bill 689 into law

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is wrapping up his action on bills passed earlier this year by state lawmakers.

Nixon announced Friday he signed legislation that requires state agencies to review their rules every five years and eliminate those determined to be unnecessary. State regulations would need to be reviewed on a rotating schedule. He also signed a bill to repeal unfunded and obsolete programs.

Only one bill remains on the governor’s desk a broad measure dealing with the judiciary and reducing the disparity in prison sentences between people convicted of crack and powder cocaine crimes. However, Nixon has said that he announced his final vetoes Thursday.

Legislation that is not signed or vetoed by Saturday automatically takes effect without the governor’s signature.

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Nixon Signs Changes to Missouri Election Laws

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – There will be no elections in June in Missouri. And no more party emblems printed on ballots, beginning this November.

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that makes several changes to state election laws. The measure eliminates the option of holding June elections and says February elections can only be used for bond issues.

But the new law also creates a new exception. It allows elections to be held on the canceled dates if school districts encounter financial hardships because of decline in per-pupil state funding of at least 5 percent.

The measure also repeals a requirement to print party emblems on ballots.

Election bill is HB1036

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