Governor Bob Holden has had a busy day using his veto pen, saying “no” to 22 different bills. Among them – litigation reform which would have restricted trial lawyers’ ability to sue and would have capped damage amounts. Holden has also vetoed legislation that would have required informed consent for abortions of at least 24 hours. He’s also vetoed an effort that would have disqualified some recipients of unemployment benefits who refused tests for controlled substances. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce had fought hard for passage of the liability reform bill. The Chamber’s General Counsel, Mike Grote, says lawsuits that will cripple both business and medical practices will continue. The Legislature will have a chance to override these vetoes during September’s veto session.

Vetoed bills:

HB156 — Requires informed consent at least twenty-four hours prior to an abortion.
HB257 — Allows specific agricultural tax credits to be taken on a quarterly basis and makes several revisions in laws on agriculture.
HB278 — Authorizes conveyances in St. Charles County.
HB327 — Revises laws on Department of Transportation and on regulation of motor vehicles.
HB375 — Reorganizes the duties of county coroners and medical examiners.
HB376 — Changes the compensation guidelines for deputy county coroners.
HB478 — Creates a special license plate for members of Optimist International.
HB493 — Creates a special license plate for members of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.
HB594 — Creates disincorporation procedures for a special road district in Jasper County.
HB598 — Revises provision relating to application for certain license plates.
SB2 — Disqualification of unemployment benefits for refusing controlled substance test.
SB7 — Authorizes conveyance of state property in Pettis County.
SB13 — Prohibits certain suits by political subdivisions and the state against firearm manufacturers and dealers.
SB29 — Candidates not allowed to avaoid deadlines based on low polling numbers.
SB69 — Creates the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board.
SB84 — Allows specific agricultural tax credits to be taken on a quarterly basis.
SB199 — Modifies classifiction of counties, and various other provisions related to counties and county governmnet.
SB203 — Modifies enforcement of administrative subpoenas.
SB280 — Liability Reform. Enacts various tort reform measures.
SB358 — Requires approval by governing body of Platte County for expenditures from general revenue funds of county or any city in the county.
SB401 — Modifies the definition of crime under Capter 595, RSMo. and crime victims compensation fund.
SB425 — Modifies various provisions dealing with the duties of county coroners.