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Mo. lawmakers back away from plans to override out-of-state vehicles sales tax bill

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Missouri House Republicans have decided against trying to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation on vehicle sales taxes.

No motion was made to override Nixon's veto when lawmakers met Wednesday. The Republican-led House and Senate approved the measure earlier this year.

Republican House leader Tim Jones said Wednesday he would welcome a special session over the sales tax issue. But Nixon says he is not calling a special session.

The bill was intended to reverse a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles purchased out of state or in private transactions. Instead, the high court said a local "use tax" could be charged if approved by local voters.

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