Record number of bills vetoed by Missouri Governor

JEFFERSON CITY • Gov. Jay Nixon used his veto pen to set a personal record this year following a legislative session marred by showdowns over tax cuts, school choice and revenue estimates.

Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed 33 bills — the most in a single year since he took office in 2009. His total is just two short of the most vetoes of any Missouri governor after a single legislative session, set by former Gov. John Dalton, a Democrat, in 1961.

Nixon also line-item vetoed about 120 items in the budget for fiscal year 2015, which began July 1.

Lawmakers are allowed a final say on the vetoed bills. The Republican-led Legislature will return to the Capitol in September for a chance to override him. Each chamber needs a two-thirds vote to do so.

Republicans control 108 of the 163 House seats and 23 of the 34 Senate seats, making them veto-proof in the Senate but one short in the House.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, found some of Nixon’s vetoes surprising but said lawmakers have not yet talked about how to approach the large number.

“Nixon’s got his own opinions,” Richard said, adding that lawmakers would take the bills “one at a time.”

Nixon’s high tally of vetoes follows a session fraught with political turmoil.

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Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch