Missouri lawmakers override 10 of Gov. Nixon’s vetoes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers finished their veto session Wednesday night by overriding 10 vetoes of Governor Jay Nixon. One of the biggest, the power of cities and counties to increase minimum wage.

The legislation forbids Kansas City and other municipalities from increasing the minimum wage above the state-wide rate.

The House tally was 114-46 and the Senate was 23-9.

The City Council voted in July to gradually increase wages to $13 an hour by 2020, and a group of low wage earners got enough signatures to put a measure on the November ballot for $15 an hour by 2020.

The new law looks as if it will nullify both and keep the minimum wage at the statewide rate of $7.65 per hour.

In the same bill, local governments are prohibited from banning plastic bags. Lawmakers also cut unemployment benefits to one of the shortest periods nationally and eliminated a college scholarship for immigrant students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Click here to read more about the other vetoes.