Gov. Jay Nixon today signed four bills passed by the General Assembly and vetoed another. The Governor’s press office sent out a release detailing the measures signed into law.
Senate Bill 59, which provides additional protection to consumers who have insurance claims on policies issued by companies that become insolvent;
Senate Bill 234, which strengthens licensure requirements for marital and family therapists in Missouri;
Senate Bill 235, which streamlines reporting requirements for certain financial institutions; and
Senate Bill 237, which would increase competition among companies providing local telephone service.
Senate Bill 80, which allows the Department of Health and Senior Services to use electronic means to notify nursing home administrators of license renewal. Current law requires that the notification be done by mail.
Senate Bill 191, which allows the Public Service Commission to produce its publications in electronic format. The current list of publication methods includes only pamphlets or books.
Senate Bill 287, which is intended to help lower the overhead costs for mid-sized businesses in Missouri that self-insure through captive insurance companies, and to encourage more captive insurance companies to locate in the state.
Senate Bill 306, which expands the inspection authority of the State Board of Pharmacy to include testing of pharmaceutical inventory, in an effort to prevent unsafe and ineffective medications from being administered to Missouri patients.
Senate Bill 324, which modifies the regulation of the sale of travel insurance.
Senate Bill 376, which clarifies the ability of hospital districts to allow any higher education institution to use hospital facilities to offer education or training.
In addition, Nixon today vetoed Senate Bill 60. In his veto message for Senate Bill 60, the Governor cites drafting issues with the bill and said the bill is duplicative of House Bill 133, which has been passed by the General Assembly but not yet presented to the Governor.
“House Bill No. 133 will provide the opportunity to enact this legislation after presentment is made in accordance with the Missouri Constitution,” the letter states.
These were the final bills passed by the General Assembly that required the Governor to act by today. The Governor has until July 14 to sign, veto, or allow to become law without his signature any other bills that have been, or will be, delivered to the Governor from this regular session.