Legislation passed by the Missouri legislature and vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon earlier this year seeks to restrict the recovery of noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering by uninsured motorists. The restriction would not apply if the other driver was intoxicated or found guilty of certain crimes arising out of the incident. Missouri law requires auto insurance and proponents had hoped the new legislation would force uninsured motorists to bear some of the financial burden. Governor Nixon had vetoed the legislation citing ambiguity in the provisions and definitions contained in the proposed changes. On September 11, 2013, both the House and the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto. Insurance Journal (September 4, 2013); Insurance Journal (September 13, 2013).
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