Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September 2009 General Column: Missouri Senate Convenes for Annual Veto Session

On Sept. 16, the Missouri Legislature assembled for its annual veto session in Jefferson City. A September veto session is required by the state constitution if the governor vetoes any bills passed during the year’s legislative session.

 

With 12 Senate bills, 11 House bills and line items in 11 budget bills receiving a governor’s veto, lawmakers gathered to consider these measures though, ultimately, did not overturn any of the vetoes.

 

To read the rest of the column, click here.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lawmakers Convene for Annual Veto Session

The Missouri General Assembly today (9/16) assembled for its annual veto session. A September veto session is required by the state constitution if the governor vetoes any bills passed during the year’s legislative session.

 

With 12 Senate bills, 11 House bills and line items in 11 budget bills receiving a governor’s veto, lawmakers gathered to consider these measures though, ultimately, did not overturn any of the vetoes.

 

(Click here for detailed information on this year’s vetoed and signed bills).

 

A two-thirds majority vote from both chambers is required to override a veto, while initial passage of any bill requires a simple majority. A vote to overturn a veto is a rare occurrence and hasn’t taken place since 2003 when legislators voted to overturn three  vetoes, allowing Missourians to carry concealed weapons, barring lawsuits against gun manufacturing companies and requiring a waiting period for certain medical procedures.

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Senate 2020 Committees Hold Organizational Meetings

Today (9/15) the Missouri Senate Healthy Missourians 2020 and Job Creation 2020 committees held their organizational meetings in the Capitol as senators returned to Jefferson City for the General Assembly’s annual veto session this week.

 

The 2020 committees were created as a result of the Missouri Senate passing three resolutions during the 2009 legislative session. Senate Resolutions 302 (job creation), 303 (health care) and 304 (education), introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), each established the 2020 committees, whose members are assigned the task of defining where Missouri should stand in these respective areas in the year 2020. The committees will serve through December 31, 2010.

 

The Healthy Missourians 2020 Committee is charged with developing solutions to improve Missouri’s health care system, control increasing health care costs and expand health care coverage to more uninsured Missourians. Committee members include Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale), Sen. Frank Barnitz (D-Lake Spring), Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles), Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City), Sen. Brad Lager (R-Savannah), Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia), and Sen. Wes Shoemyer (D-Clarence).

 

The Job Creation 2020 Committee has the task of creating a plan that will improve economic prosperity in Missouri, create new and well-paying jobs for Missourians and encourage business development. Committee members include Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles), Sen. Brad Lager (R-Savannah), Sen. Jim Lembke (R-St. Louis), Sen. Ryan McKenna (D-Crystal City), Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R-Wentzville), Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale), and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis).

 

The Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee held its organizational meeting in July and another “visioning” meeting last month.