Missouri House Republicans skip vote to override veto on vehicle sales tax bill

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | 3:55 p.m. CDT; updated 7:36 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 12, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House Republicans have decided against trying to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation on vehicle sales taxes.

No motion was made to override Nixon's veto when lawmakers met Wednesday.

The Republican-led House and Senate approved the measure earlier this year. But House GOP leader Tim Jones said Wednesday that members of his Republican Party had several concerns about it.

The bill was intended to reverse a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles purchased out of state or in private transactions. Instead, the state high court said a local "use tax" could be charged if approved by local voters.

House picks Tim Jones as new speaker

Missouri House members chose Tim Jones of St. Louis County as their speaker for the next few months.

Jones is currently the chamber's majority leader. His selection Wednesday fills the vacancy created when Speaker Steven Tilley resigned from the House in August to work as a paid consultant.

House members will decide in January whether to keep Jones for two more years as speaker.

Jones said Wednesday he wants to encourage job creation by streamlining government, offering tax relief and paring back government regulations. He also wants to focus on energy independence and education policy.

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