Legislators Aim to Overturn Veto
JEFFERSON CITY - Republican House Speaker Ron Richard said the bill he is most concerned with passing again would give government more accountability and transparency. The bill passed with only two votes against during the session. But Governor Jay Nixon vetoed it in July.
"I'm sure the taxpayers would agree with us," Richard said of the measure, which sets up a fund for federal money given to shore up state budgets.
Richard said the fund, which would be monitored by a legislative committee, would save this money from being thrown into a "black hole" in state government.
Nixon said in his veto letter that not only does the bill duplicate an existing fund, but it is unconstitutional to give the oversight power to a legislative committee.
"That's just his opinion, and I have ours, and I have some pretty good lawyers on my side, so let's test it," Richard said.
In order for the legislature to override the veto, it needs a 2/3 vote, which Richard said is extremely likely.
"It only had two votes against it, which is why I think it's a good one for the override," Richard said.
Nixon vetoed four other bills. The annual veto session begins Wednesday morning.