The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 2, 2013

Gov. Nixon vetoes Mo. unemployment legislation


From The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed two bills that could have made it harder for some people to receive jobless benefits by broadening what constitutes “misconduct” on the job.

Unemployment benefits can be denied to workers who are fired because of misconduct.

Nixon vetoed the bills Tuesday. The governor said they would have greatly expanded the types of misconduct that disqualify people for jobless benefits to include activities outside the workplace and outside normal working hours.

Proponents of the legislation said the broader definition would help protect the integrity of the state’s unemployment system.