Lawmakers meet in Jefferson City for this year\'s veto session

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JEFFERSON CITY – State lawmakers will gather at the Capitol Wednesday for their annual veto session.

This will be legislators’ final veto session involving vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon, the most overridden governor in Missouri’s history.

The session allows members of the House and Senate to review the governor’s vetoes, and override them if they have a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers.

Majority Leader Sen. Mike Kehoe said the two bodies usually only review vetoes they know they have enough votes to override.

“You tend to take up the bills where you have a majority of your members, or the majority of the body, in this case of the Senate, feel like the Governor's veto message wasn't exactly on point,” Kehoe said.

Currently, it takes 23 votes in the Senate and 109 votes in the House to override a veto.

Nixon vetoed more than 20 bills last spring, 8 of which will be taken up in the Senate on Wednesday.

Kehoe said the number of vetoed bills they usually look it has been around ten the last few years.

“This is typical. We've had ten, or somewhere in the ten range for the last couple of years, and we've been successful in overriding many of those bills since I've been here. So I think we'll have a successful veto session,” Kehoe said.

Among Nixon’s vetoes is a voter I.D. bill, which will start in the House. Kehoe said voter I.D. is something he wants to see come over to the Senate.

“Voter I.D. is a big bill that's happening. It has to start in the House first so we're watching that in the Senate, we'd like to see that come over to us,” said Kehoe.

Other bills vetoed by Nixon include bills on gun control and animal trespassing laws.

The session begins Wednesday at 12 p.m.

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