The top Republican and Democrat in the Missouri House have differing views on how Wednesday’s veto session will impact November’s general election.
The Legislature has overridden Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) vetoes on 13 bills, including photo ID, a comprehensive gun bill and agriculture legislation involving disasters.
House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) discussed the veto session with the Capitol Press Corps on Wednesday night.
“I think the people of Missouri want to see a government that’s getting things done. I think they saw that tonight. I think the kind of candidates that are running for re-election and running for election for the first time across the state are consistent with those principles. So, I think the work we did today will play very well in November,” Richardson says.
House Minority Leader Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis) sees it differently.
“I don’t know what the winning message would be, other than the fact that we (the Legislature) gave away another $65 million that we’re going to take from our children’s school system. We’ve got a school system in the state of Missouri that is woefully underfunded,” Hummel told Capitol reporters.
Both chambers have veto-proof majorities. Republicans currently control the Missouri House 114-45-1, heading into November.