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Governor Vetoes Republican Priority Bills

Missouri's governor used his veto power this week to strike down bills that were priorities of the Republican-led legislature.KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Read HB 156, Legislation Requiring Women to Wait 24 Hours Before Having an Abortion

Read SB 280, Legislation Limiting the Awards in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

GOVERNOR BOB HOLDEN REJECTED A MEASURE THAT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED WOMEN SEEKING AN ABORTION TO WAIT 24 HOURS BETWEEN GETTING COUNSELING AND HAVING THE PROCEDURE.

THE GOVERNOR DESCRIBED THE BILL AS DEMEANING, SAYING IT DENIES WOMEN THEIR CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHTS.

BUT HOUSE SPEAKER CATHERINE HANAWAY SAYS THE BILL WOULD GIVE WOMEN TIME TO GET OUT OF SITUATIONS IN WHICH A BOYFRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER IS PRESSURING THEM TO HAVE AN ABORTION.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO REJECTED A BILL THAT WOULD'VE LIMITED THE AWARDS IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS.

HE SAID THE BILL WAS QUOTE-HIJACKED BY LOBBYISTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS.

HANAWAY CHALKS UP THE GOVERNOR'S ACTIONS TO PARTISAN POLITICS.

LAWMAKERS CAN TRY TO OVERRIDE THE GOVERNOR'S VETOES DURING THE SEPTEMBER VETO SESSION.

VOTES DURING THE REGULAR SESSION INDICATE THERE IS A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY IN SUPPORT OF THE ABORTION 24-HOUR WAIT PERIOD BILL'THAT MEANS THERE'S ENOUGH SUPPORT FOR AN OVERRIDE.

I'M MISSY SHELTON FOR KSMU NEWS.