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Veto overrides still rare feat in Missouri Legislature

Veto overrides still rare feat in Missouri Legislature

September 19th, 2011 in News

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.