Nixon vetoes Missouri tax break, litigation bills

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed several tax breaks and proposed changes to state litigation policies.

Nixon on Tuesday criticized bills to create what he described as special interest tax breaks for yoga studios, employee-owned businesses and those who have received federal agricultural disaster money.

Nixon also slammed lawmakers for passing anumber of changes to laws on litigation practices.

One bill Nixon vetoed would add requirements for expert witnesses’ testimony. Another would change how medical expenses are handled in court.

Republican proponents had argued the measures promote fairness in litigation. Nixon said they would make court proceedings more expensive and would limit recoveries by injured people.

Lawmakers can try to override Nixon’s actions during a short September session.