MO Statehouse
7:36 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Some controversial bills sent to Gov. Nixon's desk early enough for veto challenge

The GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly has sent a few controversial bills to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon early enough for any veto to be overridden during the regular session.

They include the rollback on dog breeding regulations in Proposition B, and a bill that makes discrimination a “motivating factor," rather than a “contributing factor” in wrongful termination lawsuits.

House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka) denies that they’re deliberately trying to force the governor’s hand on controversial bills.

“My priority is to accomplish legislation that is a priority to the House...versus waiting to the latter days of the very end of session when all kinds of other dynamics come into play and you run the risk of not getting certain legislation accomplished," Jones said.

Some lawmakers are also hoping to get the congressional redistricting map to Governor Nixon’s desk next week, so that if he vetoes it, they can attempt an override before the end of session next month.