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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Nixon vetoes bill on holidays

  • Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a piece of legislation Monday that would have hampered efforts by local governments to enforce existing fireworks ordinances around July 4.
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  • Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a piece of legislation Monday that would have hampered efforts by local governments to enforce existing fireworks ordinances around July 4.
    The bill he vetoed, House Bill 278, would have prohibited any "state or local government entity, public building, public park, public school, or public setting or place" from banning or otherwise restricting "the practice, mention, celebration or discussion of any federal holiday."
    In pointing out that House Bill 278 does not contain a public safety exception, the governor's veto letter states that "As a result, local governments would be hampered in their efforts to enforce existing fireworks ordinances around July 4. More troubling, House Bill 278 would greatly frustrate a ban on fireworks imposed during a period of severe fire risk."
    In addition, the veto letter points out that because of the broad language of the bill, public sector employees at the state and local level could demand leave from work in order to celebrate any federal holiday.
    This could include employees at 24-hour institutions such as veteran homes, mental health facilities and county jails, leading to staff shortages for essential government functions.

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