The Senate voted 25-9 on Wednesday. The House approved the override 109-52, which is the minimum needed to override a veto.
Senators voted 31-3 on Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto. House members voted 125-32 to override.
Missouri House Republicans sided with Majority Leader John Diehl, of Town and Country, who had been challenged by Rep. Caleb Jones, of California, Mo.
The bill is crafted to benefit The Doe Run Co., which is facing numerous lawsuits
The 109-49 House vote met the bare minimum needed for a veto override, but the legislation still must get a two-thirds majority in the Senate for it to become law.
A Republican push to cut Missouri’s income taxes failed Wednesday as the state House fell significantly short of the threshold needed to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
Jobless benefits can be denied to a worker who loses a position because of misbehavior. The unemployment legislation seeks to broaden it to include things like unapproved absences or the violation of a company rule.
The House briefly discussed the bill but set it aside without voting on an override after supporters acknowledged that many of their colleagues had concerns about it.
The bill achieved the mark only after Republican leaders held the voting board open for several minutes while persuading several undecided members.
Supporters say the bill is aimed at protecting traditional celebrations of Christmas and Thanksgiving, which they claim are being secularized in some schools.