Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says a tax cut enacted despite his veto is a “very real threat” to the state’s principles of fiscal discipline.
The Senate’s 23-8 party-line vote was just enough to meet the constitutional requirement of a two-thirds majority.
An override would require a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate.
This year, we’ve seen a new legislative strategy evolve to deal with vetoes by the governor.
A Missouri Senate panel is taking up legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing federal gun control laws in the state.
Some legislative supporters concede that mistakes in the wording of the two biggest vetoed bills cost them the chance to override one if not both measures.
After what some are calling a “historic” veto session a few Missourians are disappointed a major income tax bill did not make it through the Republican supermajority.
A months-long campaign over the governor’s vetoes concluded with Missouri lawmakers overriding a record number of vetoes but falling short on two of the highest-profile measures.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and Majority Leader Ron Richard split from the rest of the GOP caucus that they lead to instead sustain Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.
The Senate voted 23-10 on Wednesday to override the veto. Later, the House voted 111-50 to override.