Gov. Jay Nixon today released the following statement on Senate Bill 187, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law today:
"In my veto message on House Bill 209, I expressed my concerns about two provisions of the law: first, that it was too broad; and second, that it would have precluded the neighbors of nuisances relating to crop or animal production from obtaining punitive damages.
"Punitive damages are an important legal tool: they send a strong message to bad actors to clean up their act.
Senate Bill 187 addresses both these concerns and as a result, has earned my signature."