Thursday, September 10, 2009

Republicans Threaten Override of Nixon Veto

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers may try to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill requiring public disclosure of budget cuts and creating an oversight panel for federal stimulus money.

When he spiked the bill in July, the Democratic governor said a section providing lawmakers keys to the Capitol dome posed a public safety problem. He said the public accountability sections were similar to ones included in other bills that passed.
But House sponsor Jason Smith calls Nixon's veto justification "bogus." He says the provisions scrutinizing expenditures and budget cuts are stronger than those in other bills.
House Majority Leader Steven Tilley says a veto override attempt is "a very, very strong likelihood."
Republicans would need Democratic help to reach the two-thirds vote necessary for an override.

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