The Missouri House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override four of Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s line-item budget vetoes, but Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Dan Brown, R-Rolla, stopped attempts in his chamber.

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“With the numerous discussions with the governor and his staff, they’ve assured me this money will show up in the supplemental spending budget. That will slow the process down a little bit but some of these departments need a little more time to make these decisions. Therefore, at this time, I recommend no veto overrides of line items in the 2019 budget.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, maintains that moving funding within departments is unconstitutional.

“That is going to come to a head in January,” said Fitzpatrick. “It’s going to be an issue and it will get dealt with in a different way.”

Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, has a personal reason for overriding $153,000 in funding cuts to certify hospitals treating trauma, stroke and some heart patients. The House voted 134-13 to override the veto. The chamber required 109 votes to successfully overturn the governor’s move.

“A little less than five years ago, I was misdiagnosed with a stroke,” Miller said. “I actually had a stroke. They didn’t catch. I ended up laying in bed for 2.5 days with a stroke. They (hospital personnel) can actually recognize people like me that have had a stroke and actually get them the care that they need, rather than laying around for 2.5 days in a hospital bed, which was not pleasant.”

The other veto override attempts included:

  • $100,000 to the Child Advocate Office to pay the salaries of two employees investigating child abuse and neglect cases.
  • $45,000 to the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • $487,000 for the Missouri Public Defender System’s juvenile advocates.

The four vetoes total $785,000 in Missouri’s $28.6 billion fiscal year budget.

The House failed to override a budget veto involving $50,000 in funding for emergency rescue tourniquets. The tourniquets are used to stop bleeding from injuries sustained by both law enforcement officers and members of the public.

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