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Nixon Still Pondering Bills Before Deadline

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has been signing dozens of bills into law since the regular legislative session ended in May. But two controversial bills remain unsigned as the deadline approaches.

One of those bills deals with ethics. Provisions include restricting political committee-to-committee money transfers and allowing the Ethics Commission to launch investigations. The other bill would expand the information women must be told 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Governor Nixon says he's been pretty busy lately.

"We had to do the budget and the restrictions there, you have to do the complete bill review process, and we have a special session that we're trying to get done. The amount of time that takes, I'm not complaining about that, it's just very, very busy," says Nixon.

The governor also won't indicate which way he's leaning on the ethics and abortion language bills.

Any bill not signed by the deadline will automatically become law.

Marshall Griffin is the Statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.
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