Veto session sees historic number of overrides

Posted September 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

by Christina Turner

The Missouri House and Senate overrode a record number of vetoes on Sept. 11, making Gov. Jay Nixon the most overruled governor since the state’s Constitution was changed to require a two-thirds majority to override a veto.

Legislators overturned 10 of Nixon’s vetoes – the highest one-year total in 180 years. In 1833, lawmakers overrode 12 vetoed bills, but the state Constitution at the time required only a simple majority vote. Since the switch to a two-thirds majority, the single-year record was three veto overrides in 2003.

Despite the high number of veto overrides, the Republican-controlled legislature failed to overturn two top priorities – a tax-cut bill and gun-rights legislation.

The General Assembly overrode the governor on the following legislation:

SB 9 allows non-U.S. companies to hold up to one-percent interest in farm land in Missouri. The Senate overrode the veto 23-10 and the House 111-50.

SB 110 restricts a court’s ability to change parental rights of a parent on military assignment. The Senate overrode the veto 25-9 and the House 109-52.

SB 129 allows licensed health care professionals to provide volunteer services in Missouri to a sponsored organization. The Senate overrode the veto 25-9 and the House 108-53.

SB 170 allows members of public governmental bodies to cast votes by video conference. The Senate overrode the veto 31-3 and the House 125-32.

HB 19 grants $1 million to rebuild a technical school in Pike County. The House overrode the veto 112-47 and the Senate 28-5.

HB 278 was overriden by the House with a vote of 114-45 and the Senate 24-9. It prohibits state and local governments from banning the celebration of any federal holiday in public places.

HB 329 raises the maximum interest a creditor can charge on small consumer loans such as payday loans. The House overrode the veto 109-51 and the Senate 25-9.

HB 339 restricts damage awards in auto accident lawsuits by an uninsured driver. Restrictions do not apply to insured drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs in an auto accident. The House overrode the veto 109-51 and the Senate 26-8.

HB 650 protects a Missouri lead mining company from hefty damages in pollution lawsuits. The House overrode the veto 110-50 and the Senate 26-8.

HB 1035 was overridden by the House with a vote of 117-44 and the Senate 26-8.

The bills will go into effect 30 days after the veto session, on Oct. 10.