Republicans do not have two-thirds of the votes in the Missouri House, and that’s why the House has failed to override Governor Nixon’s veto of a bill passed in May. Party-line voting has upheld the governor’s veto of a billt hat would have given the legislature control over spending of federal stimulus money. House Speaker Ron Richard of Joplin announced the bill had come up 24 voes short.
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The Governor and Democrats maintained a provision in the bill made it onconstitutional despite the overwhelming approval by lawmakers in May. Representative Brian Nieves of Washington snidely attacked Governor Nixon and Democrats.
But Columbia representative Chris Kelly, a Demcorat, says there’s another technicality that made him oppose the override attempt.
The Senate did not try to override any bills. Lawmakers won’t be back in Jsession again until January.