Missouri Veto Session Update

Missouri’s Jay Nixon veto a large number of bills during the regular legislative session. Now the Legislature has their turn. I didn’t check every bill voted on in the Senate, but early in the evening, it appeared that the Senate was overriding every veto along party lines. Veto after veto, all through the evening, was overturned. At the time of this writing, I have not found a single veto that was sustained in the Senate.

The House, unfortunately, was a different story. Both Houses had a clear ‘Pub majority. The Senate had a clear 2/3rds majority. The House, during the regular session, had 108 ‘Pubs. A majority but not a 2/3rds super-majority. Four House seats were vacant.

Over the summer the ‘Pubs picked up two more seats in the Primary elections. The democrats picked up one and one seat still remains vacant.

At the start of the 2014 veto session, both Houses had 2/3rds majority of ‘Pubs, barely so in the House. The House needed 110 votes to override Nixon’s vetos and that was the exact number of ‘Pubs in the House when the veto session arrived.

House Bill 1307 was one of several ‘controversial’ bills that Nixon vetoed. Since this was a House Bill, the House voted on it first. The House voted to override Nixon’s veto around 10:00pm.

THAT SCS HCS HBs 1307 & 1313 BE
PASSED, THE OBJECTIONS OF THE
GOVERNOR  THERETO
NOTWITHSTANDING

Extends the waiting period for abortions to 72-hours.

Yes – 117 No – 44 Vacancies – 1 Present – 0 Absent – 1

After the House overrode the veto, it was passed to the Senate. HB 1307 met more resistance in the Senate.

House Bill 1307: The infamous abortion waiting period bill, this legislation would triple the mandatory waiting period between scheduling and receiving an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. The bill got lengthy and sometimes heated debate in the House before arriving in the Senate. Democrats have taken turns on the floor filibustering the bill for more than an hour.

Republicans ultimately called a “previous question” or “PQ.” The PQ ends any filibuster with enough votes, and hasn’t been used since 2007, when it was used to end debate on another abortion bill. Senators Schaaf and Dixon broke from party ranks and votes against the PQ, but the motion still passed. After the PQ, the measure was passed by the Senate by a party-line vote, overriding Nixon’s earlier veto. — The Missouri Times.

The Senate vote occurred around midnight and Nixon’s veto was overridden.

Another supposedly controversial bill was SB 656, an omnibus firearms and concealed carry bill. It’s first veto override vote was in the Senate. As expected the veto was voted down along party lines.

Senate Bill 656: An omnibus bill dealing with firearms, Nixon vetoed this bill for it’s provisions allowing schools to designate and train a “school protection officer,” to legally carry a firearm on school property. The bill also lowers the minimum age for a CCW permit from 21 to 19. The bill also prohibits health care professionals from asking about requiring asking a patient about firearm ownership or recording and/or reporting such ownership to a government entity. The bill also addresses so-called “open carry” law. Under the bill, local governments will not be able to prohibit CCW holders from engaging in open carry practices. Democratic Senators Scott Sifton and Jolie Justus spent nearly two hours discussing the bill in a semi-filibuster. The bill ultimately passed by a vote of 23-8 along party lines. — The Missouri Times.

Later, in the early hours of this morning, SB 656 passed in the House.

THAT CCS HCS SB 656 BE PASSED,
THE OBJECTIONS OF THE GOVERNOR
THERETO NOTWITHSTANDING

Modifies the live fire exercise and testing requirements for a concealed carry permit

Yes – 117 No – 39 Vacancies – 1 Present – 0 Absent – 6

As you scan through the bills, bill after bill, line item after line item, Nixon’s vetos were overridden. It is difficult to find any vote where Nixon’s veto was sustained. One such disappointment was SB 523. The Senate voted to override the veto handily.

Senate Bill 523: This act prohibits school districts from requiring a student to use an identification device that uses radio frequency identification technology to identify the student, transmit information regarding the student, or monitor or track the location of the student. The bill passed by a vote of 25-7. — The Missouri Times.

In the House, however, it failed by one vote.

Yes – 109 No – 48 Vacancies – 1 Present – 1 Absent – 4

Four Representatives were missing from the floor. If just one of them had been present and voted YES, the House would have joined the Senate in overriding the veto of SB 523. However, the veto was sustained. By one, single vote.

Why was this bill important? Because it preserved our children’s privacy in school. It prohibited the use of RFID chips to monitor public school students activities and prohibited the collection and passing of student personal data. It was a very important bill and Nixon’s veto was sustained by one @$%*Z(&^$#$ vote!

Still, overall, it was a good Veto Override session. There may be a few votes remaining but I think those are just for some housekeeping actions.

Nixon vetoed a record number of bills in the 2014 legislative session, so some say. The Legislature, in turn, overrode a record number of Nixon’s vetoes. From the early comments by a democrat early in yesterday’s session, I think Nixon’s political prospects in Missouri are gone…and good riddance.