|Governor Nixon on June 20, 2012, vetoed HB 1900, which attempted to change the laws regarding executive branch reorganization, tax increment financing, annexation, employees, service dogs and accessible parking and establish the Iran Energy Divestment Act. The governor said he did not veto the bill because of objections to any particular provision. Rather, it was vetoed because it violated the Missouri Constitution which requires that a final bill must be related to its original purpose and related to one general topic.
Disability provisions that were in the bill included:
- changes in the penalties for harming service dogs and expansion of the definition of service dogs
- a requirement for DESE to establish a work group to address transition services for secondary students and adults with disabilities
- changes in employment security laws related to providers of home and community based services for county developmental disability (SB40) boards
- changes in accessible parking laws
- a provision to require the Department of Health and Senior Services to seek a federal waiver to allow moneys in the Brain Injury Fund to be used for brain injury services in MO HealthNet
- adding mental disabilities to the list of people who must be afforded the same rights as those without disabilities to use streets, sidewalks, and other public accommodations
- protections for home care providers who refuse to hire or discharge a home care worker as a result of information obtained through the Family Care Safety Registry
The original bill was a executive branch clean-up bill to put some basic reorganization measures into state statute. There were a wide variety of different provisions added to the bill as the bill passed through the House and Senate.