Legal challenge already awaits recently veto-overridden bill.
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Legal challenge already awaits recently veto-overridden bill.

Date: September 13, 2012
By: Eric Stoyanov
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 749

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Within one hour of lawmakers overriding Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that allows employers to deny contraception coverage based on religious beliefs, one labor union is already challenging the law.
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Wrap: The Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women is seeking a preliminary injunction within the next few days regarding the new law.

The labor union's lawyer Edward Keenan says he's prepared to take the law all the way to the state Supreme Court.

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Description: Anything that attacks worker's right to access healthcare is going to be met firmly and swiftly by the labor movement and we're ready to challenge every aspect of this bill.

The law's sponsor, Saint Louis County Republican Senator John Lamping, said during the veto session that this bill makes clear an employer cannot be forced to pay for an employees services that they do not agree with.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Eric Stoyanov.

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Within one hour of lawmakers overriding Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that allows employers to deny contraception coverage based on religious beliefs, one labor union is already challenging the law.
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Wrap: The Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women is seeking a preliminary injunction over the recently veto-overridden contraception law.

The labor union's lawyer Edward Keenan says he expects to be in a courtroom within the next few weeks and that this law violates the Supremacy Clause.

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Description: The Supremacy Clause is a U.S. Constitution, that we all learned about in grade school, says that federal law is the supreme law of the land and when the legislature voted this through yesterday they were ignoring that basic lesson.

The law's sponsor, Saint Louis County Republican Senator John Lamping, said during the veto session that this bill makes clear an employer cannot be forced to pay for an employees services that they do not agree with.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Eric Stoyanov.

 


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