Veto overrides still rare feat in Missouri Legislature

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed 15 bills and one budget line-item this year.

And only one of those — the lawmakers’ May 2 approval of a congressional redistricting map — was overturned by both the House and Senate and placed on the lawbooks over the governor’s objections.

And that puts Nixon in the “rare” column — of governors whose vetoes were overridden.

Nixon is the 54th man to hold Missouri’s top office, but only the fifth governor since 1875 to have a veto overturned by at least two-thirds of the members in each house.

With 34 senators, a successful veto override requires at least 23 votes. (In the 2011 Missouri Senate, the 26 Republicans are more than enough to achieve that goal, on a straight partyline vote).

With 163 representatives, a successful veto override requires at least 109 votes. But Republicans control only 105 seats in the 2011 Missouri House, so any successful override requires at least 4 Democrats to join an otherwise straight party-line vote.

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