SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon stopped in Springfield Tuesday to explain why he wants lawmakers to sustain several of his vetoes when they return to the Capitol Wednesday for the veto session.
The two most high profile issues, Nixon said, have been Senate Bill 656 and House Bill 1631.
Senate Bill 656, known as “Constitutional Carry,” would allow anyone legally allowed to own a gun to carry it concealed without a permit. Currently, Missouri’s county sheriffs administer concealed carry permits and require education, training and a background check before awarding them.
Nixon said thousands of Missourians have been denied permits since 2013 for reasons law enforcement deemed in the public interest, and he said he believes passing this legislation would make Missouri less safe.
House Bill 1631 would require Missourians to present a photo ID at the polls, and if they cannot present one, they must sign a statement under penalty of perjury that they are who they say they are.
Republicans have maintained the legislation is needed to protect the integrity of elections, but Nixon said there are no known cases of voter fraud around the state. With turnout at about 25 percent in the primary, Nixon questioned the need for legislation that could make it more difficult for some Missourians to vote.
Nixon also reaffirmed his desire to see lawmakers sustain his veto of a bill that would allow for “truck platooning” in Missouri, a bill to increase fees at license offices and a bill eliminating a requirement for businesses who contract with the government to use the federal E-Verify system.