The state senate has overridden governor Nixon’s veto of the worker’s compensation revision law–for all the good it is likely to do.
St. Charles Senator Tom Dempsey says the systems needs the reforms the legislature had approved. He says he knows what the governor will not accept, but he thinks the issues of co-employee liability and occupational disease need to be fixed because they are a financial burden on businesses.
Senate Democrat leader Victor Callahan says the bill deserves to stay vetoed because the Senate has not addressed the issue of workers who have survived “horrific diseases caused by their occupation and no fault of their own.” The override issue now goes to the House. But majority leader Tim Jones doubts it will be considered because the bill had only 87 favorable votes when the House approved it and an override will need 109 votes to overcome the governor’s veto.