One of the bills Governor Nixon wants the legislature to approve in the special session might not see the light of day in the state senate.
Nixon wants lawmakers to pass a bill moving Missouri’s presidential primary from February to March. Both major political parties threaten states with loss of the voting privilege at national conventions if they don’t move their primaries from Super Tuesday to the next month.
The legislature passed a bill in the spring doing that. But Nixon vetoed it because it contained too many other issues that he opposes including a limit on the powers of the governor to appoint people to certain vacant offices.
He says he’ll sign a bill that only addresses the presidential primary issues. But some senators wonder why the legislature should do that when it can just override the veto and get everything that was approved last May.
The veto session beginning next Wednesday will run concurrently with the special session. The senate could take an override vote then and send the issue to the House for an override vote. The House does have a special session primary bill but it would become moot if the override of the spring session bill takes place.