Nixon faces GOP legislative supermajority

Gov. Jay Nixon had to do some compromising with the state’s GOP-led Legislature during his first term, but now the Democratic chief executive faces a new challenge: Republican supermajorities in both the House and Senate.

Republicans’ ability to override the governor’s vetoes has given them some new power in policy debates and could affect the way Nixon and legislative leaders work. It’s less clear whether it will affect what gets accomplished in Jefferson City.

Senate Republicans during this past week’s election maintained their existing two-thirds majority, controlling 24 of the 34 Senate seats for the 2013 legislative session. House Republicans seized 110 of 163 districts, giving their party a veto-proof majority in that legislative branch too.

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