JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed money for the Missouri Department of Transportation because of a public opinion poll about a motorcycle helmet law.
The department spent about $33,000 on a poll showing a majority of people in favor of a Missouri law requiring all motorcycle riders to wear helmets.
Department director Pete Rahn has cited the poll while urging Nixon to veto a bill allowing people age 21 and older to ride helmet-free on all Missouri roads except interstate highways.
Nixon said last month that it was inappropriate for the department to spend public money on a poll to lobby elected officials.
On Thursday, he vetoed $33,000 from the transportation budget citing "administrative inefficiencies." A Nixon spokesman confirmed Friday that the veto was in response to the poll.