- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Republicans were busy Wednesday trying to override vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon on issues ranging from abortion and gun rights to deer regulations and electronic cigarettes. Here’s a look at the biggest vetoes under consideration at the Capitol:

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ABORTION WAITING PERIOD

Lawmakers considered enacting one of the nation’s longest abortion waiting periods. Legislators were poised to override a veto of a bill that will require women to wait 72 hours after consulting a physician before having an abortion. It would be the second most stringent standard behind South Dakota, where a 72-hour wait can sometimes extend longer because weekends and holidays are not counted. Utah is the only other state with a 72-hour wait, but it has exceptions for rape, incest and other circumstances. Nixon vetoed Missouri’s legislation partly because it lacked exceptions for rape or incest.

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GUN RIGHTS

Lawmakers were eager to override Nixon’s veto of a bill creating a training program for teachers to carry guns in schools and expanding where residents can openly carry firearms. The move follows an unsuccessful effort last year in overriding Nixon’s veto of a bill that sought to nullify some federal gun control laws. This year’s bill would create a special training program for schools that want to arm some of their teachers and allow residents with a concealed-gun permit to openly carry firearms, even in cities that have ordinances against it.

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JOBLESS BENEFITS

Missourians who lose their jobs could see a reduction in how long they can receive unemployment benefits. Republicans were considering an override of a bill that will tie the duration of jobless benefits to the unemployment rate. The full 20 weeks of benefits only would be available if the unemployment rate reaches 9 percent. The shortest duration would be 13 weeks for an unemployment rate of less than 6 percent. The 13-week period would be shorter than those in every other state except North Carolina and Florida.

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DEER RULES

Missouri lawmakers will decide whether to end the Conservation Department’s responsibility for regulating deer ranches and give oversight to the state agriculture agency. Nixon vetoed a bill classifying captive deer as “livestock” such as cattle and pigs instead of as “wildlife.” Supporters of the legislation say classifying captive deer as livestock could negate proposed Conservation Department regulations that would ban the importation of deer from other states and require double fencing for new deer ranching permits.

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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

Republicans also considered overturning Nixon’s veto of electronic cigarette legislation, which would ban anyone under 18 from buying the devices. Nixon says he vetoed the bill because it also will exempt electronic cigarettes from being taxed or regulated as tobacco products. The bill’s GOP sponsor says he included the exemption because of concerns over whether a tax would have hurt the bill’s chances of passing. Research on the health effects of the devices is mixed, but some physicians say they could cause addiction and similar side effects as other tobacco products.

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