Nixon wrapping up action on Missouri legislation

Friday, July 13, 2012 | 10:51 a.m. CDT; updated 2:25 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 13, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is wrapping up his action on bills passed earlier this year by state lawmakers.

Nixon announced Friday he signed legislation that requires state agencies to review their rules every five years and eliminate those determined to be unnecessary. State regulations would need to be reviewed on a rotating schedule. He also signed a bill to repeal unfunded and obsolete programs.

Only one bill remains on the governor's desk — a broad measure dealing with the judiciary and reducing the disparity in prison sentences between people convicted of crack and powder cocaine crimes. However, Nixon has said that he announced his final vetoes Thursday.

Legislation that is not signed or vetoed by Saturday automatically takes effect without the governor's signature.

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