House members set to return for annual Veto Session

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Missouriís 126th District

JEFFERSON CITY, MO ĖAs mandated by the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly will meet Wednesday, Sept. 13, to consider bills that were passed by the House and Senate but vetoed by the governor. The annual Veto Session gives legislators a final opportunity to enact their ideas into law despite the governorís objections. In both chambers, a two-thirds vote is required to override a veto. In the House that amounts to 109 votes. Twenty-three votes are needed in the Senate to successfully complete an override motion.

During the administration of the previous governor, Veto Session often saw a flurry of activity. Last September, the House and Senate worked together to override gubernatorial vetoes on 13 pieces of legislation. The 2016 Veto Session activity brought the total number of veto overrides in state history up to 119. Prior to the administration of Gov. Jay Nixon, the total number of veto overrides in Missouri history stood at 22. In total, the legislature managed to override the governor 97 times during his eight years of service.

Heading into Wednesday it is uncertain if the legislature will add to the veto override total as the new governor and the current General Assembly have worked together on most of the issues addressed in 2017. The current governorís veto totals are far lower than those of his predecessor as well. Of the bills sent to his desk by the legislature, Gov. Greitens vetoed only one House Bill, one House Committee Bill, one House Concurrent Resolution, and two Senate Bills. He also issued line item vetoes in three appropriations bills. I will be following up with a report to citizens after Veto Session, when more information is available.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your State Representative. Please contact me at patricia.pike@house.mo.gov or 573-751-5388 with any questions or concerns regarding state issues. Our District 126th Legislative Assistant is Beth Rohrbach and our Capitol office is open year-round Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Missouri Capitol.