Nixon Vetoes Local Control Bill

(AP) – A Missouri bill meant to block cities from raising the minimum wage or banning use of plastic bags has been vetoed.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill Friday, saying it infringed on local control.
The bill would have stopped cities from enacting a higher minimum wage than the state minimum. It also would have prevented local ordinances to ban the use of plastic grocery bags.
Kansas City and St. Louis officials are considering raising the minimum wage. Columbia had discussed banning store use of plastic bags, but later dropped the proposal.
Supporters of the bill had said a patchwork of local ordinances would hurt businesses.
Lawmakers could attempt to override Nixon’s veto with more than a two-thirds majority during a special September session.
Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly james says the Nixon veto clears the way for the City Council to make a move towards raising the Kansas City minimum wage.
” The City Council and I fully intend to consider an ordinance to raise the minimum wage by July 16 ” James said.

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