Missouri lawmakers override veto of local elections bill

2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago April 08, 2015 Apr 8, 2015 Wednesday, April 08 2015 Wednesday, April 08, 2015 4:48:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill exempting some local elections from partisan requirements.

The votes Wednesday in the House and Senate completed the first veto override of the 2015 session.

Nixon vetoed the bill because of a provision that bars former superintendents from serving on school boards in districts where they had worked. That provision was part of a legislative response to problems uncovered in the St. Joseph School District. Lawmakers from that area now say they will work later this session to repeal the new prohibition.

Supporters say the bill was needed to fix a state law that could be interpreted to require candidates to run under partisan labels in some local elections.

The House voted to override 111-49 and the Senate 24-9.

 

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