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Sep 16 2016 by Desiree Burns
After heated debate in both chambers, lawmakers overturned Gov. Nixon's veto of the controversial hide carry bill.
Nixon, who is in his final year in office, already was by far the most overridden governor in Missouri history.
That comes one day after the Republican-led Legislature overrode vetoes of bills offering an income tax deduction for federal agricultural disaster aid payments, a sales tax exemption for "instructional classes" such as dance lessons and an income tax deduction for corporations that switch to employee ownership.
The Missouri General Assembly is deciding whether to uphold Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill passed with strong majorities that would remove permit or training requirements to carry a concealed weapon and would lower the standard for individuals to assert "stand your ground" self-protection rights. The measure also expands legal protections for those who use deadly force to defend themselves in both public and private places.
With the legislature's override of the governor's veto on the ID measure, voters will now decide whether or not Missourians will need to show a photo ID to vote.
In a letter explaining his veto, Nixon said this year's measure would "disproportionately" impact senior citizens, people with disabilities and others who have been lawfully voting but don't have the government-issued photo ID required under the bill. Republicans hold supermajorities, so they can override the Democratic governor when they stick together.
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But the Missouri measure contains several exceptions that supporters hope will help it fare better in prospective court challenges than photo ID laws in some other states.
In Missouri, voters without a photo ID can still vote if they sign an affidavit swearing that they lack any type of identification.
"The basis of this whole bill is that it allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families", Republican sponsor Sen. And if the state budget doesn't include money for such costs, then the ID requirement would not take effect.
Democrats asserted it could put racial minorities at a greater risk of being fatally shot. "And that's why this is a bad policy", said Becky Morgan, a volunteer chapter leader with Missouri Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Democratic Rep. Stacey Newman countered: "This bill is voter fraud on its face". It will appear on the November ballot as Amendment 6. Senator Shalonn "Kiki" Curls (D-Kansas City) stated, "The fundamental right to vote should be protected without any unnecessary encumbrances".