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Governor adds presidential primary legislation to special session

Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Friday that he will ask the General Assembly to take up and pass a narrow bill specifically to move the date of Missouri’s presidential preference primary to March 6 during a special legislative session in September.

During the regular session, the General Assembly passed legislation — Senate Bill 282 — that would move the date of Missouri’s presidential primary to comply with the rules of both the national Republican and Democratic parties. Nixon supported that change.

However, the bill also contained provisions that would have eliminated write-in candidates in many municipal elections and would have imposed unnecessary costs for taxpayers to hold special elections. Because of those additional provisions, Nixon vetoed the bill.

The governor’s office has continued to communicate with legislative and party leaders about the importance of moving Missouri’s presidential primary to March 6, according to a news release.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly during the special session to pass narrow, bi-partisan legislation to make this important change,” Gov. Nixon said.

    Governor adds presidential primary legislation to special session

    Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Friday that he will ask the General Assembly to take up and pass a narrow bill specifically to move the date of Missouri’s presidential preference primary to March 6 during a special legislative session in September.

    During the regular session, the General Assembly passed legislation — Senate Bill 282 — that would move the date of Missouri’s presidential primary to comply with the rules of both the national Republican and Democratic parties. Nixon supported that change.

    However, the bill also contained provisions that would have eliminated write-in candidates in many municipal elections and would have imposed unnecessary costs for taxpayers to hold special elections. Because of those additional provisions, Nixon vetoed the bill.

    The governor’s office has continued to communicate with legislative and party leaders about the importance of moving Missouri’s presidential primary to March 6, according to a news release.

    “I look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly during the special session to pass narrow, bi-partisan legislation to make this important change,” Gov. Nixon said.

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