State legislators have overridden Governor Nixon’s veto of the congressional redistricting map.
The Senate completed the legislative override, voting 28-to-6 to enact the bill containing the map over the objections of the governor. That vote came on the heels of a House vote that just met the two-thirds majority requirement; 109-to-44.
The House was the key. The Senate had earlier approved the map 27-7, more than enough votes to override a gubernatorial veto. Sen. Chuck Purgason, a Republican from Caulfield, voted against the bill earlier, but voted for the override. Sen. Bill Stouffer, a Republican from Napton, stuck with his opposition to the map and voted with five Senate Democrats against the override. No debate took place in the Senate prior to the vote.
House Speaker Steven Tilley, a Republican from Perryville, acknowledges he worried whether he had the votes needed when he brought the veto override before the body.
“Yeah, I mean, because we had 109. If one person flips on you, then you don’t quite get there,” Tilley tells the Missourinet, “but I’m thrilled with the result.” [Read more…]